viand NOUN archaic an item of food.
ORIGIN Old French viande 'food' , from Latin vivenda 'things to be lived on' .

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  • Viand — Vi and, n. [F. viande meat, food, LL. vianda, vivanda, vivenda, properly, things to live on, fr. L. vivere to live; akin to vivus living. See {Vivid}, and cf. {Victualis}.] An article of food; provisions; food; victuals; used chiefly in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • viand — (n.) 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 Latin, be live, neuter plural gerundive of vivere to live (see VITAL (Cf. vital)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • viand — [vī′ənd] n. [ME vyaunde < OFr viande < VL * vivanda, for L vivenda, neut. pl. ger. of vivere, to live: see BIO ] 1. an article of food 2. [pl.] food of various kinds; esp., choice dishes …   English World dictionary

  • viand — noun Etymology: Middle English, viaunde, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin vivanda food, alteration of Latin vivenda, neuter plural of vivendus, gerundive of vivere to live more at quick Date: 15th century 1. an item of food; especially a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • viand — /vuy euhnd/, n. 1. an article of food. 2. viands, articles or dishes of food, now usually of a choice or delicate kind. [1350 1400; ME viaunde < MF viande < VL *vivanda, for L vivenda things to be lived on, neut. pl. ger. of vivere to live] * * * …   Universalium

  • viand — noun /ˈvaɪ.ənd/ a) An item of food [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… …   Wiktionary

  • viand — vi·and || vaɪənd n. foodstuff; delicacy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • viand — [ vʌɪənd] noun archaic (usu. viands) an item of food. Origin ME: from OFr. viande food , from an alt. of L. vivenda, neut. plural gerundive of vivere to live …   English new terms dictionary

  • viand — vi·and …   English syllables

  • viand — vi•and [[t]ˈvaɪ ənd[/t]] n. 1) coo an article of food 2) coo viands, dishes of food, esp. delicacies • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME viaunde < MF viande < VL *vīvanda, for L vīvenda things to live on, neut. pl. ger. of vīvere to live …   From formal English to slang