Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An item of food
  • noun A choice dish

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

  • noun a choice or delicious dish

Etymologies

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

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman, from Old French, from Late Latin vivanda, from Latin vivenda. See also victuals.

Examples

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

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  • 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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  • 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.

    lunch economics

  • 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

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

    notes from the peanut gallery

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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