live|li|hood [ˈlaıvlihud] n [U and C]
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: lifelode 'way of living' (11-17 centuries), from Old English, from lif 'life' + lad ( LODE) (influenced by lively and -hood)]
the way you earn money in order to live
a means/source of livelihood
Fishing is the main source of livelihood for many people in the area.
It's difficult to earn a livelihood as an artist.
Bates says he will lose his livelihood if his driving licence is taken away.

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  • livelihood — live‧li‧hood [ˈlaɪvlihʊd] noun [countable, uncountable] the way in which you earn money in order to live: • If a commercial beekeeper makes a mistake and his bees die, he has lost his livelihood. • In that area many people relied on the coconut… …   Financial and business terms

  • Livelihood — Live li*hood, n. [OE. livelode, liflode, prop., course of life, life s support, maintenance, fr. AS. l[=i]f life + l[=a]d road, way, maintenance. Confused with livelihood liveliness. See {Life}, and {Lode}.] Subsistence or living, as dependent on …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • livelihood — 1610s, alteration of livelode means of keeping alive (c.1300), from O.E. lifad course of life, from lif life + lad way, course (see LOAD (Cf. load)). Cf. O.H.G. libleita. Spelling assimilated to words in hood. Earlier livelihood was a different… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Livelihood — Live li*hood, n. [Lively + hood.] Liveliness; appearance of life. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • livelihood — I noun business, calling, career, craft, employment, enterprise, job, keep, line of work, living, maintenance, means, occupation, position, profession, pursuit, resources, situation, source of income, subsistence, support, sustainment, sustenance …   Law dictionary

  • livelihood — *living, subsistence, sustenance, maintenance, support, keep, bread Analogous words: *trade, craft, handicraft, art, profession: *wage or wages, salary, pay, stipend, fee, emolument …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • livelihood — [n] occupation alimentation, art, bread and butter*, business, circumstances, craft, employment, game*, grind*, income, job, keep*, living, maintenance, means, nineto five*, profession, racket*, rat race*, resources, slot, source of income,… …   New thesaurus

  • livelihood — ► NOUN ▪ a means of securing the necessities of life. ORIGIN Old English, «way of life» …   English terms dictionary

  • livelihood — [līv′lē hood΄] n. [ME livelode < OE liflad, course of life < lif, LIFE + lad, course (see LOAD): form altered by assoc. with LIVELY & HOOD] means of living or of supporting life; subsistence …   English World dictionary

  • livelihood — noun VERB + LIVELIHOOD ▪ earn, gain ▪ provide ▪ Fishing provides a livelihood for many people. ▪ protect, secure ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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