Definition of livelihood in English:

livelihood

noun

  • A means of securing the necessities of life.

    ‘people whose livelihoods depend on the rainforest’
    • ‘She gave myself and my crew a livelihood and we depended on her for our safety, but it is time to move on.’
    • ‘For many whose livelihoods depended on the yard the future has already disappeared.’
    • ‘A great many people depend for their livelihood on these paths being open, not just for recreation.’
    • ‘His life and his livelihood depended on the continued good health of his son.’
    • ‘Our cultures, livelihoods, businesses, and coastal communities depend on it.’
    • ‘The livelihoods of many thousands of people depend on their success and they must succeed to ensure survival.’
    • ‘In many tribes, political positions, as well as trades and livelihoods, also are hereditary.’
    • ‘Some lectures concern the jobs or livelihoods of the listeners at the lecture.’
    • ‘I would never ask another professional to put his livelihood on the line.’
    • ‘These poor souls also need investments to enable them to find jobs to earn a livelihood.’
    • ‘Of course many fishermen are against this because their livelihood depends on it.’
    • ‘The club might not be in existence by the end of the season and ultimately it is our livelihoods and careers that are at stake.’
    • ‘This is just one of the workers who depends on this industry for a livelihood.’
    • ‘We do not sorrow at the destruction of the tsunami just because across the continent we depend upon each other for our food and livelihoods.’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of working people have lost their jobs and livelihoods.’
    • ‘Nearly all have to adjust to both the responsibilities of freedom and the challenge of earning their livelihood.’
    • ‘It's true the timber trade provides a livelihood for some inhabitants of the region, but not for long.’
    • ‘In the city people have relied on business to supply jobs to maintain their livelihoods.’
    • ‘You want to be there for the children but this is our livelihood, our career.’
    • ‘But with such working conditions employees are putting their livelihoods before making a stand.’
    income, source of income, means of support, means, living, subsistence, keep, maintenance, sustenance, nourishment, daily bread, upkeep
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Origin

Old English līflād ‘way of life’, from līf ‘life’ + lād ‘course’ (see lode). The change in the word's form in the 16th century was due to association with lively and -hood.

Pronunciation

livelihood

/ˈlʌɪvlɪhʊd/