noun Date: 1771 1. a means (as a tool or craft) of livelihood 2. a member of a family whose wages supply its livelihood • breadwinning noun

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  • breadwinner — bread‧win‧ner [ˈbredˌwɪnə ǁ ər] noun [countable] the member of a family who earns the money, or most of the money, to support the others: • She is now the family s main breadwinner. * * * breadwinner UK US /ˈbredˌwɪnər/ noun [C] ► the member of a …   Financial and business terms

  • Breadwinner — may refer to:*Breadwinner, the member of a household who earns all or most of the income *Breadwinner, a United States Math rock band. *The Breadwinner, a children s book by Deborah Ellis. *The Bread Winner, a play by William Somerset Maugham,… …   Wikipedia

  • breadwinner — Used to describe the person that earns the most money. For example She s the breadwinner in the family …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Breadwinner — Bread win ner (br[e^]d w[i^]n n[ e]r), n. The member of a family whose labor supplies the food of the family; one who works for his living. H. Spencer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breadwinner — also bread winner, one who supplies a living for others, especially a family, 1821, from BREAD (Cf. bread) (probably in a literal sense) + WINNER (Cf. winner). Attested slightly earlier (1818) in sense skill or art by which one makes a living.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • breadwinner — ► NOUN ▪ a person who supports their family with the money they earn …   English terms dictionary

  • breadwinner — [bred′win΄ər] n. a working person whose earnings support his or her dependents …   English World dictionary

  • breadwinner — [[t]bre̱dwɪnə(r)[/t]] breadwinners also bread winner N COUNT The breadwinner in a family is the person in it who earns the money that the family needs for essential things. I ve always paid the bills and been the breadwinner …   English dictionary

  • breadwinner — UK [ˈbredˌwɪnə(r)] / US [ˈbredˌwɪnər] noun [countable] Word forms breadwinner : singular breadwinner plural breadwinners the person who earns the money to support a family …   English dictionary

  • Breadwinner — The primary, or sole, income earner in a household. Breadwinners, by contributing the largest portion of household income, generally cover most household expenses and financially support their dependents. The term breadwinner is most often used… …   Investment dictionary

  • breadwinner —    Used to describe the person that earns the most money. For example She s the breadwinner in the family.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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