[ per-vey-er ]
/ pərˈveɪ ər /


a person who purveys, provides, or supplies: a purveyor of foods; a purveyor of lies.
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) /


(often plural) a person, organization, etc, that supplies food and provisions
a person who spreads, repeats, or sells (information, lies, etc)
a person or thing that habitually provides or supplies a particular thing or qualitya purveyor of humour
history an officer providing or exacting provisions, lodging, etc, for a sovereign
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Word Origin and History for purveyor



c.1300, from Old French porveor (13c.), agent noun from porveoir (see purvey).

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