Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An item of food.
  • n. A very choice or delicious dish.
  • n. Provisions; victuals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An item of food
  • n. A choice dish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An article of food; provisions; food; victuals; -- used chiefly in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Food; victuals: used chiefly in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a choice or delicious dish

Etymologies

Middle English viaunde, from Old French viande, from Vulgar Latin *vīvanda, alteration of Latin vīvenda, neuter pl. gerundive of vīvere, to live; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, from Old French, from Late Latin vivanda, from Latin vivenda. See also victuals. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then, have a fresh charbroiled fish ready as viand.

    Root crops best alternative against rice shortage

  • He noted a slight significant thing; the table, as far as he could see, was and remained delightfully neat, there was nothing to parallel the confusion, the broadcast crumbs, the splashes of viand and condiment, the overturned drink and displaced ornaments, which would have marked the stormy progress of the Victorian meal.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • Everyday, just before lunch, a lady comes over with a menu with three selections, each costing only P35, including rice, vegetables and a goodly viand portion.

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  • When they served my meal, I noticed that I got an extra generous serving of the viand - in this case, hot sinigang na baboy.

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  • It is neither the quality nor the quantity, but the devotion to sensual savors; when that which is eaten is not a viand to sustain our animal, or inspire our spiritual life, but food for the worms that possess us.

    Walden

  • Mrs Wilfer then solemnly divested herself of her handkerchief and gloves, as a preliminary sacrifice to preparing the frying-pan, and R.W. himself went out to purchase the viand.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • All the meat, ragouts, fricandeaux, and roasts, which are served round at dinner, seem to me to be of the same meat: a black uncertain sort of viand do these “fleshpots of Egypt” contain.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • Cold beef formed the staple viand on the table, and everyone did full justice to it, as also to beer and porter, of which Mr Wopples was very generous.

    Madame Midas

  • For better or worse they would try their hand at cooking the rare viand.

    LEE’S LIEUTENANTS

  • They brought in a trumpet to fanfare the arrival of the Spanish viand, a nice digestible recipe they'd coaxed out of Joseph, and when it hit the table, everyone really stared: it looked great, a sort of sweet rice pilaf, a big mound of rice and nuts and raisins, but all around the edge of the dish were perched big insects sculpted out of almond paste.

    In the Garden of Iden

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