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- fetayle, vetaille, vetel, victuayle, vitaill, vitaille, vitaylle, viteill, vitell, vittaille, vytayle
- (primarily as a plural) That which provides nutrition; food, nourishment.
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Prologues”, in The Canterbury Tales (in Middle English), [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: Printed by [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868, “The Frere”, lines 246–248, column 2:
- It is not honeſt, it maye not auaunce / For to deale wyth ſuche porayle / But all wyth ryche and ſellers of vytayle
- It is not honest, it may not advance / To deal with such poor people / But all with rich, and sellers of food
- A ration or rations, victuals; one's store of food for journeying.
- Food yielded from agriculture.
- Alternative form of
- (chiefly in the plural) provisions; vittle; food
- circa 1110,, Benedeit, Le Voyage de saint Brandan (in Old French):
- Tant cum durat lur vitaile
- For as long as their provisions lasted