- The definition of livelihood is the way you make your living and pay for the basic things you need in life.
An example of livelihood is your job or profession.
livelihood definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English livelode ; from Old English liflad, course of life ; from lif, life plush lad, course (see load): form altered by associated, association with lively and amp; -hood
livelihood definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English livelyhed, alteration (influenced by liflihed, liveliness, energy, vigor) of livelode, from Old English līflād : līf, life; see life + lād, course; see leit- in Indo-European roots.