Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

breadwinner

[bred-win-er] /ˈbrɛdˌwɪn ər/
noun
1.
a person who earns a livelihood, especially one who also supports dependents.
Origin of breadwinner
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; bread + winner
Related forms
breadwinning, noun, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for breadwinner
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Yes, my father was aging fast, I would soon be the only breadwinner here.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for breadwinner

breadwinner

/ˈbrɛdˌwɪnə/
noun
1.
a person supporting a family with his or her earnings
Derived Forms
breadwinning, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for breadwinner
n.

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for breadwinner

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for breadwinner

17
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for breadwinner