ven·​dor | \ˈven-dər, for sense 1 also ven-ˈdȯr\
variants: or less commonly vender \ˈven-​dər \

Definition of vendor 

1 : one that vends : seller

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Synonyms & Antonyms for vendor


broker, dealer, merchandiser, seller


buyer, purchaser

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Examples of vendor in a Sentence

we're thinking of making a deal with that other software vendor

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In New York City, for example, Amazon Restaurants options are limited to a handful of vendors with few user reviews. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon quietly ends its restaurant delivery service in the UK," 26 Nov. 2018 The popular annual Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar, with two floors of vendors selling handmade and/or Nordic items, is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, at the Swedish Club, a Seattle institution since 1892. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Ready or not, holiday bazaars get started this weekend," 31 Oct. 2018 Still, the trip included one scary situation, which happened earlier this week when Markle stopped in Suva, Fiji to speak with a group of local vendors at a market. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Laughed So Hard She Cried During a Choir Performance Today," 26 Oct. 2018 The former anti-eviction activist wants to earn re-election but is facing mounting criticism for her handling of street vendors and the prevalence of drug trafficking in the city center. Fox News, "French ex-premier launches bid to become Barcelona mayor," 25 Sep. 2018 San Francisco, another early market for Bird, pulled all scooters off streets in early June as part of a plan to evaluate the performance of a select number of vendors and determine who eventually gets permits to operate within city limits. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Bird scooters to offer discounted rides to low-income riders," 19 July 2018 Strang added Amazon is just one of many vendors District 204 uses. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Governmental bodies jumping on Amazon bandwagon," 12 July 2018 The money came from overcharges and kickbacks from a variety of high-volume vendors for American Senior Communities. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Man who reaped $800,000 in nursing home fraud is sentenced," 10 July 2018 Crowds surrounded the items throughout the day at the event, which featured dozens of vendors selling reptiles, rodents for snacks, cages and, yes, tiny hats. Marco Santana,, "7-foot boa, bearded dragon in unicorn hat show Repticon's extremes," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of vendor

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vendor

borrowed from Anglo-French vendur, vendour, from vendre "to sell" + -ur, -our -or entry 1 — more at vend

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The first known use of vendor was in 1594

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Financial Definition of vendor

What It Is

A vendor is a company or person that sells goods or services.

How It Works

Vendors sell accounting services, food, electricity, hair styling, maid service, toilet repair, and just about anything else imaginable.

Why It Matters

Vendors don't just sell goods and services, they also buy goods and services from other vendors. For instance, Company XYZ might be an accounting services vendor, but it also purchases office supplies from other vendors.

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English Language Learners Definition of vendor

: a person who sells things especially on the street

: a business that sells a particular type of product


ven·​dor | \ˈven-dər, ven-ˈdȯr \
variants: also vender \ˈven-​dər \

Legal Definition of vendor 

: one that sells something

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