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.
A person's means of supporting himself. [from 14th c.]
Means of support; subsistence.
(now rare) Property which brings in an income; an estate. [from 15th c.]
Means of living or of supporting life; subsistence.
Origin of livelihood
Middle English livelyhedalteration (influenced byliflihedliveliness, energy, vigor) oflivelodefrom Old English līflādlīflifelifelādcourseleit- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English liflode, from Old English lÄ«flÄd (“course of life, conduct"), from lÄ«f (“life") +"Ž lÄd (“course, journey"), later altered under the influence of lively, -hood. Compare life, lode.
Livelihood Sentence Examples
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.
He endured great hardships, but secured a livelihood by teaching and writing.
As I did not teach for the good of my fellow-men, but simply for a livelihood, this was a failure.
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.