pay·​er | \ ˈpā-ər How to pronounce payer (audio) \
variants: or less commonly payor \ ˈpā-​ər How to pronounce payor (audio) , (ˌ)pā-​ˈȯr How to pronounce payor (audio) \

Definition of payer

: one that pays especially : the person by whom a bill or note has been or should be paid He is a prompt bill payer.

Examples of payer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overseas, there’s virtually zero competition among drug buyers — in most nations, a single-payer health-care system buys all drugs. Tomas J. Philipson, National Review, "Continued Government Failures on Drug Pricing," 2 Oct. 2020 Buckingham Palace also confirm that the amount was recently repaid in full to the Sovereign Grant, the British government and tax-payer supported purse that funds the royal family and their professional endeavors. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Repays $3.1 Million Frogmore Cottage Renovations Back to the Royal Family in Full," 7 Sep. 2020 Markey and Kennedy agree on many policies, including the Green New Deal to combat greenhouse gas emissions, a single-payer health care system and overhauling policing practices in the U.S. Laura Litvan,, "AOC Tests Clout Against Pelosi, Kennedy Name in Massachusetts Primary," 1 Sep. 2020 Biden ran on a more centrist platform that rejected his left-wing competitors’ visions of single-payer healthcare and student loan debt forgiveness. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "'They’re not that different': Obama justifies Biden’s leftward lurch toward Sanders," 23 Aug. 2020 In an emotional video during a prime slot on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, progressive activist and father Ady Barkan explained his support for Joe Biden and his vision for single-payer health care. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Ady Barkan, progressive activist with ALS, urged voters to support Biden at the DNC," 20 Aug. 2020 This was a disappointment to progressives who want a single-payer system, which was backed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Democratic Party Platform Steers Clear of Progressive Proposals," 18 Aug. 2020 On health care, Biden has stopped short of endorsing single-payer — but his vice president, who has a good chance of taking over before the next election rolls around, hasn’t. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Losing the Senate Would Be a Catastrophe," 18 Aug. 2020 A quarter of the conservative base is already on board with single-payer health care, with roughly 63 percent of all voters leaning toward universal health care. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Republican National Convention’s Carnival of White Grievance," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of payer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Payer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of payer

: a person, organization, etc., that pays or is responsible for paying something


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