Definition of livelihood in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlīvlēˌho͝od/


A means of securing the necessities of life: people whose livelihoods depend on the rainforest
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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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Syllabification: live·li·hood

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