from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical The Eucharist given to a dying person or one in danger of death.
- n. Supplies for a journey.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The Eucharist, when given to a person who is dying or one in danger of death.
- n. Provisions, money, or other supplies given to someone setting off on a long journey (often figurative).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An allowance for traveling expenses made to those who were sent into the provinces to exercise any office or perform any service.
- n. Provisions for a journey.
- n. The communion, or eucharist, when given to persons in danger of death.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Provision for a journey.
- n. In Rom, antiq., an allowance for the expenses of the journey, made to officers who were sent into the provinces to exercise any office or perform any service.
- n. The eucharist: in old usage generally, in modern usage exclusively, employed to designate it as given to a person in danger of death.
- n. A portable altar: so called because often taken to the bedside of the dying.
Late Latin viāticum, from Latin, traveling provisions, from neuter of viāticus, viatic; see viatical.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin viāticum ("travelling-money, provisions for a journey"), from viāticus ("of a road or journey"), from via ("road"). (Wiktionary)