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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.
References in classic literature ?
Another era had dawned, new customs, new fashions sprang into life, all as lusty as if they had been born at twenty-one; as quickly as two people may exchange seats, the daughter, till now but a knitter of stockings, became the breadwinner, he who had been the breadwinner sat down to the knitting of stockings: what had been yesterday a nest of weavers was to-day a town of girls.
I am only the breadwinner, why should I be coddled--why, why, why
Directing this film, I was mainly inspired by my own story," Chan said, mentioning that she coincidentally worked on that film while she herself was the main breadwinner in her family when her husband decided to quit his job.
The family lost their breadwinner and emotions are still high.
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KARACHI -- A young man, the sole breadwinner for his family, died while several others fell unconscious after inhaling toxic fumes at a departmental store here in North Nazimabad on Saturday.
Parvana is shown hiding her female identity and disguising as a boy to become the breadwinner of the family.
premiere of her "very important" animated feature film 'The Breadwinner,' took the opportunity to talk about women's rights.
Angelina Jolie was accompanied by her two daughters, Zahara, 12, and Shiloh, 11, at the red carpet premiere for "The Breadwinner.
Men who were raised to be the main breadwinner may feel they are falling short, and may be made to feel inadequate by their peers, family members, and even their spouse and children,' Deborah Carr, Professor at Boston University in the US.
The nail-biting accusations against her husband included: how he had numerous affairs, including one with 'Edible Catering'; how while she was in Jamaica filming a music video, she had a sudden miscarriage, and as she was recovering in hospital from losing their (second) child, her husband was playing away back in Nigeria; how she dis- covered that Balogun had another child, conceived during their relationship; how she was the main breadwinner but as her manager, Balogun fraudulently and frequently stole from her because he "lived above his means".
She's the breadwinner and now I'm a househusband, I suppose.