- a person who earns a livelihood, especially one who also supports dependents.
Origin of breadwinner
Examples from the Web for breadwinner
Even though my dad was the breadwinner, he always had this joke that he changed my diaper once, so she had a lot on her plate.Patricia Arquette Uncut: Drunken Mischief with Johnny Depp, ‘True Romance’ Crush, and ‘Boyhood’
July 16, 2014
That translates into 5.1 million married "breadwinner moms."
I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious.Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women
April 7, 2012
The workforce now skews female, and men have been hit harder by the recession, forcing women into the breadwinner role.
The “stress of expecting to be the breadwinner but not living up to this ideal.”
Yes, my father was aging fast, I would soon be the only breadwinner here.The Harbor
Where she is a breadwinner she wants equal pay for equal work.
She thought of Francois, who was the breadwinner, and of Felicite, who was blind.The Elusive Pimpernel
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
But when was a mere man (and breadwinner) considered at such times?The Dew of Their Youth
S. R. Crockett
The children were yet young, and depended on the breadwinner.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
- a person supporting a family with his or her earnings
Word Origin and History for breadwinner
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.).