con·​trib·​u·​tor kən-ˈtri-byə-tər How to pronounce contributor (audio)
: 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 The hotels on this list were chosen based on her personal experience and research and the first-hand accounts of Travel + Leisure editors and other contributors. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2024 De Los contributor Tina Vasquez has more on this program that’s training the next generation of Latino journalists. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for contributor 

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Word History


Middle English contributour "person who pays a tax or assessment," borrowed from Anglo-French, "one who pays a share of a tax or fine," from Latin contribūt-, past participle stem of Latin contribuere "to give as a portion or share" + -our -or entry 1 — more at contribute

First Known Use

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 26 May. 2024.

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