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breadwinner

[bred-win-er]
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsbread·win·ning, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for breadwinning

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  • In the intervals of his labours at breadwinning Wagner worked at his "Rienzi."

  • People are stupefied and deadened by their absorption in breadwinning.

    Mother

    Maksim Gorky

  • It was not just an ordinary change from one breadwinning place to another.

    Steel

    Charles Rumford Walker

  • My ill-health, my isolation, baulked ambitions, and daily breadwinning all conspire to bring me down.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

  • He had been along all the pavements of Grub Street, perhaps the most exciting place of breadwinning known to the civilized man.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley


British Dictionary definitions for breadwinning

breadwinner

noun
  1. a person supporting a family with his or her earnings
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Derived Formsbreadwinning, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for breadwinning

breadwinner

n.

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.).

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