- 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.
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
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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.