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

Examples of distributor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That tally helped boost operating income and revenues for the film’s distributor, Lionsgate, to surpass all Wall Street projections for the studio’s 2019 fiscal third quarter, in the process anointing Knives Out as fresh bankable IP. Chris Lee, Vulture, "Netflix Just Paid Nearly Half a Billion for Knives Out 2 and 3," 31 Mar. 2021 He's been more of a distributor, screen-setter and workhorse inside as the ball isn't sticking in the low post as much with 4 teammates watching him overdribble. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers score season-high 137 points in picking apart Miami Heat," 20 Mar. 2021 Rogers refers to the system where a wine company sells to the wholesaler, who sells to the distributor, who sells to the consumer. Jillian Dara, Forbes, "How This DTC Wine Platform Is Engaging Sommeliers And Educating Consumers To Revolutionize The Way We Buy Wine," 9 Mar. 2021 Miller can be a reliable distributor and creator, though. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "NCAA tournament: Breaking down Texas opponent Abilene Christian," 19 Mar. 2021 While those companies will no doubt get the majority of distributor and retailer mindshare, and dominate cooler space, there are a handful of new brands beginning to stand out in a sea of sameness. Chris Furnari, Forbes, "Finding White Space Amid Waves Of White Claw," 17 Mar. 2021 The increase was partly the result of a partnership between the drug distributor and Walgreens. Washington Post, "The $14 million CEO: Drug distributor boosts executive’s pay despite historic opioid settlement," 2 Mar. 2021 The film’s distributor or financing company must have at least two interns from an underrepresented group. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, "The Oscars’ New Diversity Rules Are Sweeping but Safe," 9 Sep. 2020 The 18-year-old distributor, which started out in 2002 with a monthly DVD club, now has a streaming service offering more than 300 indie titles and dozens of short films. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "Which Streaming Service Do You Actually Want?," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of distributor

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of distributor was in 1526

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“Distributor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distributor. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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


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

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