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[ven-der; especially contrastively ven-dawr] /ˈvɛn dər; especially contrastively vɛnˈdɔr/
a person or agency that sells.
Also, vender.
Origin of vendor
1585-95; < Anglo-French vendo(u)r < Latin venditor. See vend, -or2 Unabridged
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  • For years she had figured on the beach as one in the riot of vendors merely.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Again there sounded in the distance the voices of the vendors of evening papers.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • The auctioneer stared with amazement at her simplicity, and said, "What would the vendors say to me?"

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • At the foot of the Spanish Steps are the vendors of flowers.

    Italian Days and Ways

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • As Sunday is a 111 fte-day, the vendors do a thriving business.

    Italian Days and Ways

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for vendors


(mainly law) a person who sells something, esp real property
another name for vending machine
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Word Origin and History for vendors



1590s, from late Anglo-French vendor, from vendre "to vend," from Latin vendere "to sell" (see vend).

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