pur·​vey·​or | \(ˌ)pər-ˈvā-ər, ˈpər-ˌvā-\

Definition of purveyor 

1 : one that purveys

Examples of purveyor in a Sentence

a purveyor of kitchen supplies

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The creator of Zoems (Zayn poems) and purveyor of fine art head tattoos is releasing his second solo album, Billboard reports. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Zayn's New Album "Icarus Falls" Has 27 Songs," 29 Nov. 2018 Its subsequent incarnations, from discreet accessories purveyor to high-fashion laboratory, are now on view in Gucci Garden, which opened in January and is part museum, part shop selling exclusive designs. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In a Struggling Italy, Florence Homes Enjoy a New Renaissance," 28 Nov. 2018 Last week, Abloh, a bonafide purveyor of cool, celebrated his newest design project amongst some of his closest friends in New York. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virgil Abloh Adds Champagne Designer to His Resume," 24 Oct. 2018 Most, but not all, share the administration’s antipathy toward the Muslim Brotherhood, the region’s leading purveyor of political Islam. Souad Mekhennet, The Seattle Times, "Nations fear fallout could trigger instability in the region," 23 Oct. 2018 But the second time a purveyor of plastic straws defies the ban is when the heavy hand of the law could clamp down. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California city OKs jail time for defying plastic straw ban," 25 July 2018 The answer is writer Taylor Sheridan, who’s gone from Sons of Anarchy actor to screenwriter and Hollywood’s leading purveyor of pulp fiction. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Sicario: Day of the Soldado': On the border between action and exploitation," 27 June 2018 At $16, the enchilada plate is comparable to prices at well-known Tex-Mex purveyors such as Ninfa's on Navigation and El Tiempo Cantina. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "A Killen’s Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston?," 12 June 2018 The produce team at Lucky's will be on the ground visiting local farmer's markets to recruit new regional purveyors. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Lucky's Market opens second store in Ohio at Cleveland's Shoppes on Clifton (photos)," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of purveyor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a person or business that sells or provides something

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