1 [countable usually singular]
the way that you earn money or the money that you earn:
It's not a great job, but it's a living.
What do you do for a living? (=what do you do as a job?)
earn/make a living
It's hard to make a decent living as a musician.
scrape/scratch a living (=get just enough to eat or live)
all the people who are alive as opposed to dead people [≠ the dead]
the way in which someone lives their life:
the stresses of city living
the position or income of a parish priest