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

Examples of vendor in a Sentence

we're thinking of making a deal with that other software vendor
Recent Examples on the Web Attendees are also invited to bring blankets, chairs and coolers or purchase food from vendors. Janice Phelan, Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 The bill underscores concerns in the government of serious security risks that could arise through technology vendors. Lauren Feiner, The Verge, 8 Apr. 2024 The resource page does not recommend searching for eclipse glasses on Amazon, eBay, Temu or any other online marketplace and buying from whichever vendor offers the lowest price. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 The campaign has terminated its contract with this vendor. Will McDuffie, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2024 Pink in the Park, originally scheduled for March 23, features a pop-up market with more than two dozen vendors, curated by AAPI art and culture organization Samasama. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 This three-day event travels all around California and includes over 100 food and merchandise vendors, arts and crafts stations, games, music and live entertainment. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2024 Palmer believes the vendors from outside Muenster will still bring a lot of festival-goers and money to the community. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 Apr. 2024 Kansas City’s preeminent party vendors are scurrying about a rooftop lounge that overlooks the city’s new ferris wheel, all in preparation for celebrating the birthday of their hometown hero. Dianna Mazzone Singh, Allure, 2 Apr. 2024

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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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Cite this Entry

“Vendor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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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