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purveyor

[per-vey-er]
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noun
  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.
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Origin of purveyor

1250–1300; Middle English pourveour < Anglo-French; see purvey, -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for purveyor

purveyor

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

n.

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

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