- a person who earns a livelihood, especially one who also supports dependents.
Origin of breadwinner
Examples from the Web for bread-winning
I must give first attention to bread-winning and like things.Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
By what means were these things to be ensured to them if her skill in bread-winning should fail her?The Hand of Ethelberta
To those engaged in bread-winning employments these opportunities will be few.The Teacher
George Herbert Palmer
He inherited a competence at the early age of four, and so was saved the mere struggle of bread-winning.
He was obliged to make of his academic studies a side issue, bread-winning taking necessarily the first place with him.Artists Past and Present
Elisabeth Luther Cary
- a person supporting a family with his or her earnings
Word Origin and History for bread-winning
also bread-winner, "one who supplies a living for others, especially a family," 1821, from the noun bread (probably in a literal sense) + winner, from win (v.) in its sense of "struggle for, work at." Attested slightly earlier (1818) in sense "skill or art by which one makes a living." Not too far removed from the image at the root of lord (n.).