- a sustaining or being sustained
- one's means of livelihood; maintenance; support
- that which sustains life; nourishment
Origin of sustenanceMiddle English from Old French soustenance from Late Latin sustinentia, patience, endurance from Classical Latin sustinere: see sustain
- The supporting of life or health; maintenance or means of livelihood: The factory provides sustenance for half the town.
- Something, especially food, that sustains life or health: looking for sustenance in the kitchen.
- Something that sustains something else; essential support: researchers seeking financial sustenance.
Origin of sustenanceMiddle English from Old French from sustenir to sustain ; see sustain .
Middle English, from Old French, from sustenir (14c), from Latin sustenire.