Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[pruh-vahy-der] /prəˈvaɪ dər/
a person or thing that provides.
a person who supports a family or another person.
Origin of provider
First recorded in 1515-25; provide + -er1
Related forms
nonprovider, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for provider
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor and grave worm's provider.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • If they come, let them come, and God be my aid and provider!

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • The story of the jackal being his “provider,”—killing them for him,—is not true.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Fish and flesh had they a plenty—with Ossaroo as their provider.

    The Cliff Climbers Captain Mayne Reid
  • He is a provider of natural produce, manufacturer, middleman and consumer, all in one.

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger
Word Origin and History for provider

1520s, agent noun from provide.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for provider

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for provider

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for provider