dis·trib·u·tor | \di-ˈstri-byü-tər, -byə-\

Definition of distributor 

1 : one that distributes

2 : one that markets a commodity especially : wholesaler

3 : an apparatus for directing the secondary current from the induction coil to the various spark plugs of an engine in their proper firing order

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Large distributors like Sysco and US Foods, often called broadliners, have acquired smaller wholesalers to deal more directly with restaurants and retailers. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 The car-sharing program is a joint venture between Toyota and Servco Pacific, Toyota’s new car distributor in Hawaii. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Toyota Launches a Car-Sharing Subscription Service for Hawaii," 11 July 2018 More: On Monday, Nasif was the guest of honor at a ceremony in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co., Ford’s distributor in Saudi Arabia, gave her the car. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Mustang is 'dream car' gift for Saudi Arabian woman," 11 July 2018 The Lakers, meanwhile, project to have four ball-dominant distributors with jumpers that are ordinary at best: James, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Will Vegas get an NBA team? Question more 'when' than 'whether'," 11 July 2018 Gotti switched directors, distributors, and titles midway through production. refinery29.com, "The True Stories Behind 2018's Biggest Mafia Biopic," 14 June 2018 C&S Wholesale Grocers is the largest wholesale grocery distributor in the country, according to the company’s website. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Grocery distributor laying off 328 at Orlando warehouse," 3 July 2018 The pink guys are distributors, the blue guys are content companies. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Recode’s Peter Kafka on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 28 June 2018 Patterson completed nearly 64% of his passes last year and is a dynamic distributor capable of making plays outside the pocket. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2019 projected top 10: Rashan Gary, Nick Bosa lead dominant defensive line class," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of distributor

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of distributor

: a person or company that supplies stores or businesses with goods

: a device that sends electricity to the spark plugs of an engine


dis·trib·u·tor | \di-ˈstri-byü-tər, -byə-\

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: a person or company that supplies stores or businesses with goods

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