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

bread·win′ning n.
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a person supporting a family with his or her earnings
ˈbreadˌwinning n, adj
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(ˈbrɛdˌwɪn ər)

a person who earns a livelihood, esp. one who supports dependents.
bread′win`ning, n.
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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
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[ˈbredˌwɪnəʳ] Nsostén m de la familia
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[ˈbrɛdwɪnər] nsoutien m de famille
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nErnährer(in) m(f), → Brotverdiener(in) m(f)
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[ˈbrɛdˌwɪnəʳ] nchi mantiene la famiglia, chi porta i soldi a casa (fam)
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(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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Earlier in mitigation, the couple's counsel Mohd Jamil Yaacob said Mohamad Syazreen was the sole bread winner for the family and Nurul Izwana was three months.
These days, a lot of wives are fast becoming the bread winner in the marriage.