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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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He was the sole bread winner of the family and a hard working person.
In Jordan, UNRWA will use ECHO funding to provide one-off cash payments to Palestine refugee families facing sudden crises or emergency situations, such as eviction or the death of a family bread winner.
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He was the bread winner of the family and after his death she saw herself as the provider and stepped into her father's shoes and had multiple jobs whilst studying at university.
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Not only did a family lose their bread winner, but they also lost their bread.
Meanwhile, the court explained that the parents of the victim did not present a proof that their injured son was their only bread winner, and therefore did not agree to compensate them for the material damages.
Being the major bread winner in my family, and having only one day's sick leave and no annual leave, I was looking at eight weeks off with no income
Hussain, who is the sole bread winner for his family and now needs constant medical attention, was assisted by a nurse and a cousin, Shahid Mola, on the Pakistan International Airlines flight to Lahore.