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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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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Augsburg University is suing its dining service vendor over a 2017 fire that reportedly started when an employee placed oily rags in a dryer. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Augsburg lawsuit blames Roseville dining contractor for $1.3M fire," 3 Sep. 2019 Reaves became involved in the fair in 1979 and was one of its earliest black vendors. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "John Reaves, founder of Dallas' beloved Smokey John's Bar-B-Que, dies at 74," 24 Aug. 2019 Our e-newspaper vendor is aware of the problem and working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Roger Simmons,, "Having e-newspaper problems? Here’s help," 17 Aug. 2019 In 2010, many leaders in the black community — from the Rev. Al Sharpton to former Gov. David Paterson — publicly denounced the drink and its vendors. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "Banned on the Beach? It’s Still Nutcracker Summer," 17 Aug. 2019 The hotel requested that it be made into an amenities line, ending Bulgari’s reign as its sole vendor. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "How a Hotel Gets Its Signature Scent," 2 Aug. 2019 Saldate and the friend’s mother hid together behind a vendor’s booth. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "Young Survivors of Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting Don't Want To Just Be Another Statistic," 30 July 2019 The Den is a major supporter of the Witch Walk, a monthly vendor fair for metaphysical products and services. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Gypsy Den café changes its name out of respect for Romani people, who find ‘G-word’ offensive," 26 July 2019 Under normal circumstances, the return policy for a third-party vendor might differ from Amazon's. Madeline Buxton,, "How Amazon's Return Policy Works For Prime Day Buys," 15 July 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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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 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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