con·​trib·​u·​tor | \ kən-ˈtri-byə-tər How to pronounce contributor (audio) , -bə-, -ˌbyü- \

Definition of contributor

: someone or something that contributes something or that contributes to something charitable contributors … have suggested that the fee would hurt the agriculture industry, a sector they claim is the largest contributor to the state economy.— Wenonah Hauter … was illustrated by Oliver Munday, a frequent contributor to the Book Review …— John Williams These particles, which are known as black carbon and are the major component of soot, are the second most important contributor to global warming, behind only carbon dioxide, wrote the 31 authors of the study …— Elisabeth Rosenthal

Examples of contributor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests will include Jacob Walker of DTE Energy; Eric Thomas, the city of Detroit's chief storyteller, Allante D. Steele, an entrepreneur and artist manager, DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale and Maxie Jones, a frequent Twisted Storytellers contributor. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Virtual storytelling event in Detroit to spread message of its title: 'Black Men Count'," 17 June 2020 Glick also serves as a frequent contributor to many national and international news programs, providing her perspective on global business topics of importance, the financial markets and CEO leadership trends. Alexis Glick, NBC News, "Missing from the current national dialogue: The youth voice," 17 June 2020 The New York Times columnist and former Bon Appétit contributor Alison Roman fits this profile, and gained a cult following for her minimalist approach to cooking. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Table Stays White," 16 June 2020 Alfredo Corchado reported from El Paso and special contributor Marisol Chavez reported from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Dallas News, "Her hopes for America ended in death, and it took Black Lives Matter to get her buried," 12 June 2020 During a segment on defunding the police, West unloaded on civil rights attorney and frequent Fox contributor Leo Terrell. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Cornel West Unloads On Fox News Guest During ‘Defund Police’ Conversation," 10 June 2020 The Longhorns are bringing back every key contributor from a 19-win team and added one of the nation’s most heralded recruits in Greg Brown. Nick Moyle,, "Andrew Jones’ cancer battle continues to inspire," 7 June 2020 Be Your Own Bartender, by John McCarthy, who has lent his talents to some of the best bars in New York, and Traveler contributor Carey Jones, has well over 100 recipes that will get bartending dads into ingredients like Lillet and Fernet. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "45 Father's Day Gifts for the Travel-Loving Dad Stuck at Home This Summer," 5 June 2020 Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Want to participate in a protest? You may want to do this with your tech before you go," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of contributor

circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contributor was circa 1531

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“Contributor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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