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One whose earnings are the primary source of support for one's dependents.

bread·win′ning n.


a person supporting a family with his or her earnings
ˈbreadˌwinning n, adj


(ˈbrɛdˌwɪn ər)

a person who earns a livelihood, esp. one who supports dependents.
bread′win`ning, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breadwinner - one whose earnings are the primary source of support for their dependents
earner, wage earner - someone who earn wages in return for their labor
عائل الأسرة
živitel rodiny
živiteľ rodiny
ailenin geçimini sağlayan kişiekmek parası kazanan


[ˈbredˌwɪnəʳ] Nsostén m de la familia


[ˈbrɛdwɪnər] nsoutien m de famille


nErnährer(in) m(f), → Brotverdiener(in) m(f)


[ˈbrɛdˌwɪnəʳ] nchi mantiene la famiglia, chi porta i soldi a casa (fam)


(bred) noun
1. a type of food made of flour or meal baked. bread and butter.
2. one's living. This is how I earn my daily bread.
ˈbreadcrumbs noun plural
very tiny pieces of bread. Dip the fish in egg and breadcrumbs.
ˈbreadwinner noun
a person who earns money to keep a family. When her husband died she had to become the breadwinner.
bread and butter
(a way of earning) one's living. Writing novels is my bread and butter.
on the breadline
with barely enough to live on. The widow and her children are on the breadline.

bread and butter takes a singular verb.
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His boat Bread Winner vanished o Shetland on ursday.
They have children who he does not bother with and she is the bread winner while he plays all day and night on his computer games.
This system was proposed in South Africa and was quickly kicked into touch when it was found that the social implications of people losing jobs and their immediate families not having a bread winner would be too great.
Jackie's son, Keith, is a former miner who has had to come to terms with his wife Margaret becoming the family bread winner.
They have already had to move to a smaller house because they cannot go on paying the mortgage with the bread winner gone.
The effect of this is that there are thousands of families each year who are financially devastated by the loss of the bread winner.
Simon Dow's improving son of Grand Lodge completed a hat-trick at Wolverhampton 26 days ago when conceding weight all round to win in a fast time from Bread Winner.
At Wolverhampton, Ian Balding and Ray Cochrane team up with Bread Winner in the Direct Classified Stakes over the extended mile.
BREAD WINNER They have finally invented a sliced loaf which is low in carbs.
The main caused of accident in the District Rawalpindi has been recorded over speeding of bikes and also young bread winner of 11 to 20 years of age got multiple injuries from these accidents.
Han told investigators he was the only bread winner in his family and the loss of his job would put his family under considerable hardship, the tribunal heard.
During her visit also accompanied by MNA Nasir Shah, she handed over Rs 50 thousands each to the heirs of those 10 families who had no bread winner to run the business of their family.