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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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عائل الأسرة
živitel rodiny
živiteľ rodiny
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[ˈbredˌwɪnəʳ] Nsostén m de la familia
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[ˈbrɛdwɪnər] nsoutien m de famille
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


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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Until recently, I used to be the main breadwinner - my career was already doing well when we met, while he was working his way up.
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The pension system covers 1.3 million people, of which 58.3 percent receive old-age pensions, 11.6 percent receive due to the loss of the breadwinner, 30.1 percent get disability pension.
The breadwinner and the dependents have to work as one team to achieve a better future.
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Requesting the chief justice of Pakistan for justice, the father said this was his only son and breadwinner, which he had lost.