[ven-der; especially contrastively ven-dawr]
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Also vender.

Origin of vendor

1585–95; < Anglo-French vendo(u)r < Latin venditor. See vend, -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • For years she had figured on the beach as one in the riot of vendors merely.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Again there sounded in the distance the voices of the vendors of evening papers.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • The auctioneer stared with amazement at her simplicity, and said, "What would the vendors say to me?"

    A Simpleton

    Charles Reade

  • As Sunday is a 111 fte-day, the vendors do a thriving business.

    Italian Days and Ways

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton

  • At the foot of the Spanish Steps are the vendors of flowers.

    Italian Days and Ways

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton

British Dictionary definitions for vendors


vender (ˈvɛndə)

  1. mainly law a person who sells something, esp real property
  2. another name for vending machine
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Word Origin and History for vendors



1590s, from late Anglo-French vendor, from vendre "to vend," from Latin vendere "to sell" (see vend).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper