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breadwinner

[ bred-win-er ]
/ ˈbrɛdˌwɪn ər /
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noun
a person who earns a livelihood, especially one who also supports dependents.
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Origin of breadwinner

First recorded in 1810–20; bread + winner

OTHER WORDS FROM breadwinner

breadwinning, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for breadwinner

breadwinner
/ (ˈbrɛdˌwɪnə) /

noun
a person supporting a family with his or her earnings

Derived forms of breadwinner

breadwinning, noun, adjective
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