plumb·​er | \ ˈplə-mər How to pronounce plumber (audio) \

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

Examples of plumber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, there’s a possible plot twist in the case: The money might never have left the church, and a plumber could have helped solve the mystery. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2021 According to local media outlets, the money was discovered by a plumber who was working on renovating the church in November. Nicholas Rice,, 4 Dec. 2021 When Branagh’s parents were considering uprooting their family to flee the violence and resettle in the U.K., where his father, a plumber and joiner, had a job offer, their 9-year-old son was adamant that his future was there in Belfast. Brent Lang, Variety, 27 Oct. 2021 Stanley’s video was posted a week after a plumber found envelopes of money in a wall at Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Dec. 2021 Envelopes full of cash and checks were found behind a loose toilet by a plumber doing repairs at celebrity televangelist Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Texas, according to church officials. NBC News, 3 Dec. 2021 And sort of the daily business of keeping the grandmas alive and keeping the kids from going crazy and being a plumber and a window-fixer, a musician was off the table. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Pelletier and Olsen both came from private-sector unions: Olsen was a union plumber, and Pelletier was a member of the International Association of Machinists, representing Pratt & Whitney workers. Mark Pazniokas,, 28 Oct. 2021 Remember that the plumber is on the clock until that person writes up the ticket. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of plumber

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plumber

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

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English Language Learners Definition of plumber

: a person whose job is to install or repair sinks, toilets, water pipes, etc.


plumb·​er | \ ˈplə-mər How to pronounce plumber (audio) \

Kids Definition of plumber

: a person who installs or repairs plumbing

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