Origin of livelihoodMiddle English livelode from Old English liflad, course of life from lif, life + lad, course (see load): form altered by associated, association with lively and -hood
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.
Means of support; subsistence.
Origin of livelihoodMiddle 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.
- He endured great hardships, but secured a livelihood by teaching and writing.
- Their rule was that they had to earn their livelihood, and must not beg.
- He went to Brussels, where for nearly thirty years he earned a scanty livelihood by his writings.
- These sons of poor peasants, artisans or tradesmen are already disposed to narrow fanaticism, and generally take up study as a means of livelihood rather than from genuine religious interest.
- At the age of twenty he was gaining his livelihood in the streets of Moscow as a vendor of meat-pies.