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 Party-hearty daredevils jump from the peaks, snorkeling is sublime and vendors dish up big plates of yummy island food. Melanie Refffes, USA TODAY, "Shh! These are the best secret beaches in the Caribbean," 25 Nov. 2019 Sugar Land Holiday Lights features more than three million lights, daily appearances from Santa Claus, a carnival, vendors for holiday shopping and more. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Get on your running shoes for Katy’s annual Turkey Dash," 24 Nov. 2019 With a mixture of rap, hip-hop, R&B and gospel music playing, fans and vendors came in droves to the west side of Camping World Stadium on South Tampa Avenue. Luis Torres,, "B-CU, FAMU fans come out in force to tailgate at Florida Classic," 23 Nov. 2019 The event will feature holiday drinks and DJs throughout the day, and more than 30 vendors. cleveland, "Deb Filler’s one-woman show, ‘I Did It My Way In Yiddish’ coming to Beachwood: Press Run," 23 Nov. 2019 Some restaurants and bars have stopped taking credit cards, instead requiring cash to pay vendors. Washington Post, "With dollars running low in Lebanon, ATMs are spitting back bank cards, and locals are panicking," 22 Nov. 2019 Agencies must choose vendors based on the criteria outlined in their requests for proposals to avoid inviting a successful legal challenge, according to procurement experts. Fortune, "Why Amazon’s Suit Over the $10 Billion Cloud Contract It Lost to Microsoft Will Be So Hard to Win," 22 Nov. 2019 Its first-ever Unwrapped holiday market will be hosting local vendors for holiday shopping, plus music and other activities throughout the day to coincide with the Lights activities. Adam Lukach,, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Christmas tree lighting, MCA’s holiday market, Make Out Party, Lightscape installation," 21 Nov. 2019 Get started by scouring your local antique shops, flea markets, or online vendors like Chairish or even Craigslist. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Every Home Should Have a Touch of Vintage Bamboo," 19 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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Vendor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 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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