[kon-trak-ter, kuh n-trak-ter]


a person who contracts to furnish supplies or perform work at a certain price or rate.
something that contracts, especially a muscle.
Bridge. the player or team who makes the final bid.

Origin of contractor

From Late Latin, dating back to 1540–50; see origin at contract, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of contractor

  • He was standing in front of the building, discussing some matter with the contractor.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Later on, his father, as a contractor for the army, had made a considerable fortune.


    Emile Zola

  • He can call for them at any time, and the contractor must deliver them into his charge.

  • Terms as low as those of any other contractor for the same kind and style of work.

    The Biglow Papers

    James Russell Lowell

  • He's a contractor himself, who furnishes labor for the quarries.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

    James B. Connolly

British Dictionary definitions for contractor



a person or firm that contracts to supply materials or labour, esp for building
something that contracts, esp a muscle
law a person who is a party to a contract
the declarer in bridge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for contractor

1540s, "one who enters into a contract," from Late Latin contractor, agent noun from past participle stem of Latin contrahere (see contract (n.)); specifically of "one who enters into a contract to provide work, services, or goods" from 1724.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper