[ kon-trak-ter, kuh n-trak-ter ]
/ ˈkɒn træk tər, kənˈtræk tər /


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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British Dictionary definitions for contractor


/ (ˈkɒntræktə, kənˈtræk-) /


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