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[kuh n-trib-yuh-ter] /kənˈtrɪb yə tər/
a person who contributes money, assistance, etc.
a person who contributes an article, story, etc., to a newspaper, magazine, or the like.
Origin of contributor
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English contributour < Anglo-French. See contribute, -tor
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[kuh n-trib-yuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kənˌtrɪb yəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
noncontributor, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • When Punch was founded, in 1841, he at once became a contributor, and he continued the connection until his death.

  • And then I went in and concluded business negotiations with our contributor.

  • It certainly showed immense confidence in his contributor to do that; and yet the poems were a great success.

    Theodore Watts-Dunton James Douglas
  • But this was evidently Dr. Gunther's first experience as a contributor to the press.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • And from a contributor he proceeded to be first assistant-editor and then editor in chief of the Encyclopædia.

British Dictionary definitions for contributor


a person who contributes, esp one who writes for a newspaper or one who makes a donation to a cause, etc
something that is a factor in or is partly responsible for something: alcohol was a contributor to his death
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for contributor

also contributer, mid-15c., from Anglo-French contributour, from Vulgar Latin *contributorem, agent noun from contribut-, stem of contribuere (see contribution). Related: Contributory (early 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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