- a person who contributes money, assistance, etc.
- a person who contributes an article, story, etc., to a newspaper, magazine, or the like.
- a person who contributes, esp one who writes for a newspaper or one who makes a donation to a cause, etc
- something that is a factor in or is partly responsible for somethingalcohol was a contributor to his death
n.also contributer, mid-15c., from Anglo-French contributour, from Vulgar Latin *contributorem, agent noun from contribut-, stem of contribuere (see contribution). Related: Contributory (early 15c.).