[ kuh n-trib-yuh-ter ]
/ kənˈtrɪb yə tər /


a person who contributes money, assistance, etc.
a person who contributes an article, story, etc., to a newspaper, magazine, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. contredanse,
  2. contretemps,
  3. contrib.,
  4. contribute,
  5. contribution,
  6. contributory,
  7. contributory negligence,
  8. contrite,
  9. contritely,
  10. contrition

Origin of contributor

1400–50; late Middle English contributour < Anglo-French. See contribute, -tor

Related formscon·trib·u·to·ri·al [kuh n-trib-yuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kənˌtrɪb yəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivenon·con·trib·u·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-contributor


/ (kənˈtrɪbjʊtə) /


a person who contributes, esp one who writes for a newspaper or one who makes a donation to a cause, etc
something that is a factor in or is partly responsible for somethingalcohol was a contributor to his death
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Word Origin and History for non-contributor



also contributer, mid-15c., from Anglo-French contributour, from Vulgar Latin *contributorem, agent noun from contribut-, stem of contribuere (see contribution). Related: Contributory (early 15c.).

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