dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tər How to pronounce distributor (audio) , -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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Design-minded accommodation company BoutiqueHomes recently became the official distributor of the monocabin in the U.S. and Europe. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Modern prefab cabin is now available to order," 22 Jan. 2019 Panoply, the podcasting unit set up by Slate magazine, recently laid off most of its staff, and will become just a distributor of podcasts. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Is the podcast bubble bursting?," 24 Sep. 2018 For many titles, the small publishing house uses the distribution arm of a larger publisher to get its books into retail stores, a distributor that doesn’t participate in Kindle Unlimited. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "‘They Own the System’: Amazon Rewrites Book Industry by Marching Into Publishing," 16 Jan. 2019 Founded by Luca Benini in Ferrara, Italy, in 1989, the business started as a distributor and importer. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Think Streetwear Is a New Phenomenon? Meet Luca Benini Who Started the Hype 30 Years Ago," 11 Jan. 2019 Luckily, the film quickly attracted a distributor in early 2018. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Anna and the Apocalypse: A zombie-Christmas-high school musical can’t be this good," 1 Dec. 2018 While the government cannot prohibit you from writing a book critical of its policies, a publisher can refuse to publish it, a distributor can refuse to distribute it, and buyers can refuse to read it. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump keeps complaining about bias on Twitter — but what can he do about it? 8 experts weigh in.," 23 Aug. 2018 The plaintiffs generally seek to blame drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies for what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says are more than 200,000 prescription opioid overdoses since 1999. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Jefferson Parish hires lawyers to sue opioid makers and distributors," 30 Apr. 2018 In 1954, there were 20,000 people in the network of dealers, distributors and managers, according to Kealing. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "The Story of Brownie Wise, the Ingenious Marketer Behind the Tupperware Party," 11 Apr. 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
technical : a device that sends electricity to the spark plugs of an engine


dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tər How to pronounce distributor (audio) , -byə-\

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

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