a person who earns a livelihood, especially one who also supports dependents.
- breadwinning, noun, adjective
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How to use breadwinner in a sentence
Being dependent on male breadwinners is an important barrier in taking legal action.Afghanistan: Progress On Women’s Rights Has Been Hard Fought – Now Everything Is At Risk Under The Taliban | LGBTQ-Editor | August 23, 2021 | No Straight News
As primary breadwinners and spenders, their financial health is crucial to the overall economy.The pandemic’s negative—and possibly long-term—toll on Gen X | Jessica Davies | June 21, 2021 | Digiday
The sociologist Robert Brannon measured seven factors in his 1984 “Masculinity Scale” study including items like “toughness,” “being the breadwinner” and “concealing emotions.”
At a time when there was no federal or state safety net, charitable organizations sprang into action to provide resources for families who had lost their breadwinners, or to take in the countless children left orphaned by the disease.People Gave Up On Flu Pandemic Measures A Century Ago When They Tired Of Them – And Paid A Price | LGBTQ-Editor | March 28, 2021 | No Straight News
There’s fierce pressure economically, to provide for one’s family, and socially, to conform with the expectation that men be hardworking and persistent breadwinners.
Injuring the family breadwinner is the same as injuring yourself.
Locking up the primary breadwinner can push a family from working-class to impoverished.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday? | Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman | November 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Four years ago, Omar became the primary breadwinner for his eight member family after his father passed away.Palestinian Children: The Invisible Workers of Israeli Settlements | Dina Elmuti | August 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Last month, a Pew study showed that 40 percent of U.S. households now have a woman as the leading breadwinner.Pop Culture’s House Husbands Lag Behind the Reality in American Homes | Soraya Roberts | June 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are many thousands of families in which the breadwinner does not earn more than ten dollars a week at best.The Common Sense of Socialism | John Spargo
There was a great contrast between the genius and the breadwinner, the half-beast of burden.We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18) | Friedrich Nietzsche
The man was not above playing the spy, and he had of course a jealous interest in the fate of that chief breadwinner—his daughter.The Cruise of the Make-Believes | Tom Gallon
Surely he is a stern moralist who would deny this satisfaction to the breadwinner of a family.Worldly Ways and Byways | Eliot Gregory
But she was not educated, and she was the chief breadwinner of the family, and her mother leant upon her so much.The White Queen of Okoyong | W.P. Livingstone
British Dictionary definitions for breadwinner
a person supporting a family with his or her earnings
- breadwinning, noun, adjective
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