sub·​con·​trac·​tor ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce subcontractor (audio)
: an individual or business firm contracting to perform part or all of another's contract

Examples of subcontractor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Alphabet Workers Union-CWA union representing the workers filed several unfair labor practice complaints against the subcontractor Cognizant and Google as joint employers. Emilia David, The Verge, 30 May 2024 By allowing general contractors to be held liable, the bill sought to ensure subcontractor employees working on the job weren’t stolen from and left without recourse. Nick Coltrain, The Denver Post, 20 May 2024 Thus, a significant portion of Iran’s secular bourgeoisie works either directly or as subcontractors for the military organization. Ali Reza Eshraghi, Foreign Affairs, 27 Aug. 2020 Allegations spelled out The May 14 filing claims Williams' business partner, referred to as Female 4, opened shell companies disguised as subcontractors and transferred thousands of dollars from Williams' business, Glass and Concrete Contracting LLC. CBS News, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for subcontractor 

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcontractor was in 1798

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“Subcontractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition


: one (as an individual or business) that contracts to perform part or all of the obligations of another's contract

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