[ per-vey-er ]
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  1. a person who purveys, provides, or supplies: a purveyor of foods; a purveyor of lies.

  2. Old English Law. an officer who provided or acquired provisions for the sovereign under the prerogative of purveyance.

Origin of purveyor

1250–1300; Middle English pourveour<Anglo-French; see purvey, -or2

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British Dictionary definitions for purveyor


/ (pəˈveɪə) /

  1. (often plural) a person, organization, etc, that supplies food and provisions

  2. a person who spreads, repeats, or sells (information, lies, etc)

  1. a person or thing that habitually provides or supplies a particular thing or quality: a purveyor of humour

  2. history an officer providing or exacting provisions, lodging, etc, for a sovereign

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