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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Loan periods for electronic resources vary because they are set by vendors. 561-233-2771, Mary Lou Cruz,, "Wellington area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Meet dozens of international vendors and shop for clothing, jewelry, crafts, and more at Market Square., "Five things to do around Greater Boston, July 16-22," 13 July 2018 Both festivals describe themselves as nonprofits and run by volunteers to celebrate the Polish heritage in the communities they're held in with parades, vendors and games. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Whiting's Pierogi Fest settles with East Coast event in trademark dispute," 13 July 2018 On Tuesdays, kids under 12 are free and rides are just $2 for everyone. Wednesdays and Thursdays offer $2 food item sales by fair vendors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Fridays, attendees aged 62 or over will receive a $2 discount on admission. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 This annual festival dominates downtown Eagle River and has a schedule filled to the brim with food, vendors and amusing events. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: a new brewery debut, Spectrum music festival and Bear Paw," 13 July 2018 The downtown area still serves as home for the craft and business vendors and the entertainment tent. Annie Alleman,, "Plainfield Fest returns with expanded lineup," 12 July 2018 As a result, owners have to pay their employees, vendors and contractors with cash. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018 In fact, Night Market 2018 is at capacity for vendors and has a waiting list. Rylee Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Newaukee's Night Market is Wednesday, and it's bigger than ever," 10 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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