plumb·​er ˈplə-mər How to pronounce plumber (audio)
: a dealer or worker in lead
: one who installs, repairs, and maintains piping, fittings, and fixtures involved in the distribution and use of water in a building
: a person whose job is to prevent or put an end to leaks of sensitive information

Examples of plumber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the students hadn’t come far from the working class themselves; Vincent’s dad was a plumber in Ashley Down. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 23 June 2024 Those jobs run the gamut from work traditionally viewed as blue collar — like electricians, plumbers and HVAC installers — to occupations that typically require college degrees, like civil and electrical engineers. Michael Gartland, New York Daily News, 28 Feb. 2024 Electricians and plumbers must have licenses as well. Gina Lee Castro, Journal Sentinel, 25 June 2024 Some have reportedly identified Adam as a plumber, though his field has not been confirmed, according to TMZ. Jami Ganz, New York Daily News, 20 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for plumber 

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French plummer, plomner, from Latin plumbarius, from plumbum

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plumber was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Plumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plumb·​er ˈpləm-ər How to pronounce plumber (audio)
: a person who puts in or repairs the pipes and fixtures involved in the distribution and use of water in a building

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