- Sustenance is nourishment or support.
An example of sustenance is fruit and vegetables.
sustenance definition by Webster's New World
- a sustaining or being sustained
- one's means of livelihood; maintenance; support
- that which sustains life; nourishment; food
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French soustenance ; from Late Latin sustinentia, patience, endurance ; from Classical Latin sustinere: see sustain
sustenance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of sustaining.b. The condition of being sustained.
- The supporting of life or health; maintenance: “to deliver in every morning six beeves, forty sheep, and other victuals for my sustenance” (Jonathan Swift).
- Something, especially food, that sustains life or health.
- Means of livelihood.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from sustenir, to sustain; see sustain.