breadwinner [bred-win-er] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a person who earns a livelihood, especially one who also supports dependents.
Origin of breadwinner First recorded in 1810–20;+ Related formsbread·win·ning, noun, adjective Dictionary.com 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.”
September 29, 2012
Historical Examples of breadwinning
In the intervals of his labours at breadwinning Wagner worked at his “Rienzi.”
W. J. Henderson
People are stupefied and deadened by their absorption in breadwinning.
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.
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.
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(probably in a literal sense) + , 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 (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper