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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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