A victual is anything that can be eaten. Victuals are food.

Victual is a fancy word for a very simple thing: any substance that can be used as food. Everything in the food pyramid is a victual, and whatever you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are victuals. Words that apply to victuals are eatable and edible. A toddler eating a cigarette butt doesn't quite understand what's a victual and what's not.

Definitions of victual

n any substance that can be used as food

comestible, eatable, edible, pabulum, victuals
eatables (especially sweets)
Type of:
food, nutrient
any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

v supply with food

“The population was victualed during the war”
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v lay in provisions

“The vessel victualled before the long voyage”
Type of:
hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
keep or lay aside for future use

v take in nourishment

Type of:
eat a meal; take a meal

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