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’|Marlow Stern|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michelle Goldberg|April 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Ernest Poole
Do you want to be my breadwinner, like the other poor husbands?Heartbreak House|George Bernard Shaw
They called him "breadwinner," because, no matter how hard the man worked, he was never able to earn a living.Yiddish Tales|Various
The poor widow in tears begged and prayed for her ox back again, as the beast was breadwinner for her young children.Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln|Charles L. Marson
The wages of the breadwinner even when in full work may be insufficient to afford adequate support for a numerous family.The Children: Some Educational Problems|Alexander Darroch
British Dictionary definitions for breadwinner
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.).