Definition of livelihood in English:


Syllabification: live·li·hood
Pronunciation: /ˈlīvlēˌho͝od


  • A means of securing the necessities of life: people whose livelihoods depend on the rain forest
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    • For many whose livelihoods depended on the yard the future has already disappeared.
    • Of course many fishermen are against this because their livelihood depends on it.
    • In the city people have relied on business to supply jobs to maintain their livelihoods.
    income, source of income, means of support, living, subsistence, keep, maintenance, sustenance, nourishment, daily bread; job, work, employment, occupation, vocation
    informal bread and butter


Old English līflād 'way of life', from līf 'life' + lād 'course' (see lode). The change in the word's form in the 16th century was due to association with lively and -hood.

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