breadwinner [bred-win-er] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a person who earns a livelihood, especially one who also supports dependents.

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  • Origin of breadwinner First recorded in 1810–20; bread + winner Related formsbread·win·ning, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for breadwinning Contemporary Examples of breadwinning

  • The survey was conducted by Hannah Rosin, in connection with an article she was writing about “breadwinning wives.”

    Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men Turned Me Into a Caricature

    Andy Hinds

    September 29, 2012

  • Historical Examples of breadwinning

  • In the intervals of his labours at breadwinning Wagner worked at his “Rienzi.”

    Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas

    W. J. Henderson

  • People are stupefied and deadened by their absorption in breadwinning.


    Maksim Gorky

  • It was not just an ordinary change from one breadwinning place to another.


    Charles Rumford Walker

  • My ill-health, my isolation, baulked ambitions, and daily breadwinning all conspire to bring me down.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

  • He had been along all the pavements of Grub Street, perhaps the most exciting place of breadwinning known to the civilized man.


    Christopher Morley

  • British Dictionary definitions for breadwinning breadwinner noun a person supporting a family with his or her earnings Derived Formsbreadwinning, noun, adjective Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for breadwinning breadwinner n.

    also bread-winner, “one who supplies a living for others, especially a family,” 1821, from the noun bread (probably in a literal sense) + winner, from win (v.) in its sense of “struggle for, work at.” Attested slightly earlier (1818) in sense “skill or art by which one makes a living.” Not too far removed from the image at the root of lord (n.).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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