an article of food.
viands, articles or dishes of food, now usually of a choice or delicate kind.

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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viand (ˈviːənd, ˈvaɪ-)
1.  a type of food, esp a delicacy
2.  (plural) provisions
[C14: from Old French viande, ultimately from Latin vīvenda things to be lived on, from vīvere to live]

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Word Origin & History

"article of food," early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. viaunde, O.Fr. viande "food," dissimilated from V.L. *vivanda, from L.L. vivenda "things for living," in classical L. "be live," neuter plural gerundive of vivere "to live" (see vital).
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Example sentences
The conversation was rude and clamorous, but the viands and wine were good.
They had the same fare as the boys, used the tin dishes, and praised the viands.
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