pay·​er ˈpā-ər How to pronounce payer (audio)
variants or less commonly payor
: one that pays
especially : the person by whom a bill or note has been or should be paid
He is a prompt bill payer.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That effectively made end-stage renal disease the only condition in America subject to a single-payer program. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2022 It’s also the city’s biggest sales-tax generator and property-tax payer. Dallas News, 8 Mar. 2022 If private schools are receiving tax-payer funding, the public should have access to test scores, graduation rates, and other measures that public and charter schools are required to report. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 14 Oct. 2022 Each of the owners was compensated with tax-payer funds for the loss of the animals. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2022 Vance, the venture capitalist turned politician, has said bluntly that the U.S. shouldn’t devote anymore tax-payer dollars to help the Ukrainians. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 22 Sep. 2022 The Queen received income through a tax-payer fund known as the Sovereign Grant, which is paid annually to the royal family. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2022 Most of them were angry that their children did not benefit from the tablet project even after millions of dollars of tax payer money were spent to purchase them. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 12 July 2022 Operators of big vehicle fleets have bought PHEVs and benefitted from huge tax-payer subsidies across Europe. Neil Winton, Forbes, 1 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of payer was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Payer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Legal Definition


variant of payor

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