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[vahy-uh nd] /ˈvaɪ ənd/
an article of food.
viands, articles or dishes of food, now usually of a choice or delicate kind.
Origin of viand
1350-1400; Middle English viaunde < Middle French viande < Vulgar Latin *vīvanda, for Latin vīvenda things to be lived on, neuter plural gerund of vīvere to live Unabridged
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  • Not until one has tried does one realize to what excellence and variety this form of viand lends itself.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • Each of us seizes the viand dearest to his or her heart, and tries to shelter it beneath his or her umbrella.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • The viand contents of the monumental burden together with what sea and hill could provide—these figured.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • This humble promoter of forestry is duly appreciated, if only as a viand, by his neighbors.

  • The natives roast his flesh, and esteem it a viand of no ordinary excellence.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • There was an abundance of "pubs" and of fried-fish shops where "jellied eels" seemed to be a viand much in demand.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • One people will regard as a luxury a viand or condiment which is repugnant to another.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • But he was not asleep, for he often opened his mouth and smacked his lips, as if tasting the flavor of some viand.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • When she looked upon the viand before her she gave a little cry of dismay.

    A Dixie School Girl Gabrielle E. Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for viand


/ˈviːənd; ˈvaɪ-/
a type of food, esp a delicacy
(pl) provisions
Word Origin
C14: from Old French viande, ultimately from Latin vīvenda things to be lived on, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for viand

"article of food," early 14c., from Anglo-French viaunde, Old French viande "food," dissimilated from Vulgar Latin *vivanda, from Late Latin vivenda "things for living," in classical Latin, "be live," neuter plural gerundive of vivere "to live" (see vital).

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