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Middle English vitaylle, from Anglo-Norman and Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victualia ‎(provisions), from victus ‎(nourishment), from vīvō ‎(live, survive).



victual ‎(plural victuals)

  1. Food fit for human consumption.
    • Knolles
      He was not able to keep that place three days for lack of victual.
    • Tennyson
      There came a fair-hair'd youth, that in his hand / Bare victual for the movers.
  2. (archaic, in the plural) Food supplies; provisions.
    • 1598?, Two Gentlemen of Verona,Act II, scene I line 181:
      though the chameleon Love can feed on the air, I am one that am nourished by my victuals and would fain have meat.
  3. (Scotland) grain of any kind



victual ‎(third-person singular simple present victuals, present participle victualing or victualling, simple past and past participle victualed or victualled)

  1. (transitive) To provide with food; to provision.
  2. (intransitive) To lay in food supplies.
  3. (intransitive) To eat.

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