Definition of plumber
1 : a dealer or worker in lead
2 : one who installs, repairs, and maintains piping, fittings, and fixtures involved in the distribution and use of water in a building
3 : a person whose job is to prevent or put an end to leaks of sensitive information
Origin and Etymology of plumber
Middle English, from Anglo-French plummer, plomner, from Latin plumbarius, from plumbum
First Known Use: 15th century
PLUMBER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plumber for English Language Learners
: a person whose job is to install or repair sinks, toilets, water pipes, etc.
PLUMBER Defined for Kids
Definition of plumber for Students
: a person who installs or repairs plumbing
History for plumber
The word plumber originally meant “person who works with lead.” It comes from a Latin word plumbarius with the same meaning, which is derived from plumbum, “lead.” In the past water pipes in buildings were often made of lead. The plumbers who put in these pipes and took care of them were workers in lead.
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