ven·​dor ˈven-dər How to pronounce vendor (audio)
 for sense 1 also  ven-ˈdȯr
variants or less commonly vender
: one that vends : seller

Example Sentences

we're thinking of making a deal with that other software vendor
Recent Examples on the Web Nike accounted for 70% of Foot Locker’s merchandise purchases in 2021, and the retailer has said no one vendor would account for more than 60% of total purchases in the future. Inti Pacheco, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2022 The Florida government worked with at least one third-party vendor to gather and transport the migrants earlier this month from Texas directly to Massachusetts. Miles Cohen, ABC News, 28 Sep. 2022 An effective strategy for decoupling some of your services and reducing your risk exposure is to move the work into a cloud environment where your company will be less dependent on one vendor. Peter Bendor-samuel, Forbes, 5 July 2022 The first two tents near the east entrance, parallel to Cottage Grove, were owned by one vendor. Joshua Burrell, Chicago Tribune, 3 July 2022 After returning home from festivities in Montgomery Park, Harbison noted to her husband that the game had featured just one vendor serving cans of soda out of a cooler and hot dogs, City Manager Brian Riblet said. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 30 June 2022 While all that’s going on, an outdoor vendor village will be available to peruse. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2022 And yet, the neon signs at every vendor stall evoked a sense of night, suggestive of the street food markets open late into the evenings in Asia. Angella Choe, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 Craft cocktails and lattes in hand, shoppers strolled the dozens of vendor spaces sampling locally made honey; sniffing scented soaps, perfume and candles; and admiring colorful ceramic bowls and mugs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vendor was in 1594

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“Vendor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



ven·​dor ˈven-dər How to pronounce vendor (audio)
: one that sells : seller

Legal Definition



variants also vender
: one that sells something

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