breadwinner

noun bread·win·ner \ ˈbred-ˌwi-nər \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of breadwinner

1 : a means (such as a tool or craft) of livelihood
2 : a member of a family whose wages supply its livelihood

breadwinning

play \-ˌwi-niŋ\ noun

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First Known Use of breadwinner

1720

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of breadwinner for English Language Learners

  • : a person who earns money to support a family



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