livelihood

Your livelihood is the job you work at to earn the income that supports you.

The word livelihood started out as the Old English līflād, or "course of life," and around the 13th century changed to livelode, which meant "a means of keeping one alive." As "-lode" morphed into "-hood," which meant "state, condition," the meaning of the word also changed to mean support for a person's life. That naturally came to mean your job, which provides the monetary support to keep you going.

DEFINITIONS OF: livelihood

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n the financial means whereby one lives

“he could no longer earn his own livelihood
Synonyms:
bread and butter, keep, living, support, sustenance
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amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts
things that make you comfortable and at ease
maintenance
means of maintenance of a family or group
meal ticket
a source of income or livelihood
subsistence
minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
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resource
available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
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