ven·​dor | \ ˈven-dər How to pronounce vendor (audio) , for sense 1 also ven-ˈdȯr\
variants: or less commonly vender \ ˈven-​dər How to pronounce vender (audio) \

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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Amid the bustle of vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables at the North Andover Farmers Market, something was missing: the men and women from town who served in the military but couldn’t afford to buy produce from local farms. Sofia Saric,, "For veterans, a fresh opportunity," 1 Sep. 2019 Welcome Funky Grits, one of the new vendors at the Minnesota State Fair. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Funky Grits’ best seller inspires new Fair food," 28 Aug. 2019 Small seafood restaurants stand on stilts and the sound of mariachi music mixes with the shouts of vendors selling oysters. Maria Verza, USA TODAY, "Mexico’s forgotten border town mixes sun, sand, crime and drug trafficking," 27 Aug. 2019 Small seafood restaurants stand on stilts and the sound of mariachi music mixes with the shouts of vendors selling oysters. Washington Post, "Mexico’s Playa Bagdad mixes sun, sand and drug trafficking," 27 Aug. 2019 Check the website for a full list of vendors closer to the event. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Oakland’s 11th annual Eat Real Festival Sept 21 and 22," 23 Aug. 2019 With a sprawl of food vendors all competing for your dollar, why eat an inferior burger, a lackluster taco or a soggy elephant ear? Anchorage Daily News, "10 things our dining writer can’t wait to eat at the Alaska State Fair," 22 Aug. 2019 Katy, will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, featuring a variety of vendors. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 18 Aug. 2019 Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a late July news conference that recent arrests of nutcracker vendors were routine law enforcement. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "Banned on the Beach? It’s Still Nutcracker Summer," 17 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce vendor (audio) \
variants: also vender \ ˈven-​dər How to pronounce vender (audio) \

Legal Definition of vendor

: one that sells something

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