from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Means of support; subsistence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. liveliness; appearance of life
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Subsistence or living, as dependent on some means of support; the means for support of life; maintenance.
- n. Liveliness; appearance of life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Liveliness; cheerfulness.
- n. Way of life; living; means of maintaining life; support of life; maintenance; the occupation which furnishes means of support.
- n. Synonyms Support, Subsistence, etc. See living.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the financial means whereby one lives
Middle English livelyhed, alteration (influenced by liflihed, liveliness, energy, vigor) of livelode, from Old English līflād : līf, life; see life + lād, course.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English liflode, from Old English līflād ("course of life, conduct"), from līf (“life”) + lād (“course, journey”), later altered under the influence of lively, -hood. More at life, lode. (Wiktionary)