Definition of livelihood in US English:

livelihood

noun

  • A means of securing the necessities of life.

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

/ˈlaɪvliˌhʊd//ˈlīvlēˌho͝od/