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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman, from Old French, from Late Latin *vivanda, from Latin vīvenda, from the verb vīvō (I live). Compare victual.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvaɪ.ənd/
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viand (plural viands)

  1. An item of food.
  2. A choice dish.
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      The Motier and Lepelletier tables still groan with viands; roofs ringing with patriotic toasts.
    • 1852 CE: William and Robert Chambers, Chambers' Edinburgh Journal
      [H]is heart swelled within him, as he sat at the head of his own table, on the occasion of the house-warming, dispensing with no niggard hand the gratuitous viands and unlimited beer, which were at once to symbolise and inaugurate the hospitality of his mansion.

Etymology 2[edit]

A misnomer.


viand (plural viands)

  1. (Philippine English) An item of food eaten with rice.