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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Examples of vendor in a Sentence

we're thinking of making a deal with that other software vendor
Recent Examples on the Web Most recently, the state seized five nursing homes operated by Keith Head of Conway in October after vendors and utility companies threatened to cut off the facilities over unpaid debt. Kat Stromquist, Arkansas Online, "Nursing homes hustle to move out 60 residents," 8 Dec. 2019 For Lazy Saturgays Small Biz Market, vendors from the community will be out with unique items for a day of shopping and strolling. Trevor Fraser,, "Stroll Small Business Saturday market and support LGBTQ biz in Milk District," 29 Nov. 2019 MediaTek, on the other hand, can definitely benefit from Intel's software development expertise and deep integration with OEM vendors in the PC space. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "MediaTek and Intel team up to bring 5G networking to laptops and PCs," 27 Nov. 2019 So, vendors who have gone into business since then are likely leasing their permits. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Handcuffed for Selling Churros: Inside the World of Illegal Food Vendors," 11 Nov. 2019 The Hillsboro taphouse wants to thank customers, vendors and the community with specials and Thai food. oregonlive, "Oregon beer this week: Bent Shovel finds a spot, Stickmen pop-up, plus events," 8 Nov. 2019 Information about vendors and ingredients will be kept in a binder on site and eventually online. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage women, united by passion for reducing plastic waste, open bulk-goods ‘refillery’ store," 3 Nov. 2019 Since in-flight films are edited by the studios or third-party vendors and airlines then select a version from their edit, a spokesperson for Delta says that the airline did not edit or ask for any specific edits to the films. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Delta restoring Rocketman and Booksmart same-sex love scenes to in-flight movies," 2 Nov. 2019 Multiple vendors and crafters will be there selling their wares, including jewelry, purses, original art and much more. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Church members are sharing with others: Whit & Whimsey," 1 Nov. 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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11 Dec 2019

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“Vendor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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How to pronounce vendor (audio)

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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