[pruh-doo-ser, -dyoo-]


a person who produces.
Economics. a person who creates economic value, or produces goods and services.
a person responsible for the financial and administrative aspects of a stage, film, television, or radio production; the person who exercises general supervision of a production and is responsible chiefly for raising money, hiring technicians and artists, etc., required to stage a play, make a motion picture, or the like.Compare director(def 3).
British Theater. (formerly) a director of theatrical productions; stage director.
an apparatus for making producer gas.
Ecology. an organism, as a plant, that is able to produce its own food from inorganic substances.

Origin of producer

First recorded in 1505–15; produce + -er1
Related formsnon·pro·duc·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-producer

Historical Examples of non-producer

  • For almost every producer in Victoria there is a non-producer in the capital.


    David Christie Murray

  • The non-producer will live, whatever becomes of those who toil.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • It is true that the bed, the room, and the house is a home of idleness for the non-producer.

    The Conquest of Bread

    Peter Kropotkin

  • The great crime of the ages is the robbing of the producer of the basic necessities of human life by the non-producer.

    Communism and Christianism

    William Montgomery Brown

British Dictionary definitions for non-producer



a person or thing that produces
British a person responsible for the artistic direction of a play, including interpretation of the script, preparation of the actors, and overall design
US and Canadian a person who organizes the stage production of a play, including the finance, management, etc
the person who takes overall administrative responsibility for a film or television programmeCompare director (def. 4)
the person who supervises the arrangement, recording, and mixing of a record
economics a person or business enterprise that generates goods or services for saleCompare consumer (def. 1)
chem an apparatus or plant for making producer gas
(often plural) ecology an organism, esp a green plant, that builds up its own tissues from simple inorganic compoundsSee also consumer (def. 3), decomposer
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Word Origin and History for non-producer



1510s, "one who produces;" agent noun from produce (v.). Of entertainments, from 1891; in political economy, opposed to consumer, from 1784 (Adam Smith).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-producer in Medicine


[prə-dōōsər, prō-]


A photosynthetic green plant or chemosynthetic bacterium, constituting the first trophic level in a food chain; an autotrophic organism.
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non-producer in Science



An autotrophic organism that serves as a source of food for other organisms in a food chain. Producers include green plants, which produce food through photosynthesis, and certain bacteria that are capable of converting inorganic substances into food through chemosynthesis. Compare consumer.
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