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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
It also relaxed the time period of death reporting from one year to three years, which will enable about twenty eight thousand beneficiary families to get one hundred thousand rupees whose breadwinners have died more than a year ago.
Manama: More than 130,000 Bahraini breadwinners have so far been registered for cash payouts they will receive once government meat subsidies are scrapped.
Seeking Purpose But Finding Stress While women today may be seizing opportunities and providing for their families at unprecedented numbers, the vast majority of female breadwinners report they do not feel in control of their destiny, nor has their career given them a greater sense of purpose.
More surprisingly although such female breadwinners may be on the rise, it seems that most women are still not expected to become "the richer sex".
UK families with female breadwinners have household incomes on average 28% lower than homes where the primary earner is male, according to research released today.
Most of the breadwinners of those homes are ordinary workers in the Gulf who cannot afford such a luxury.
MORE mums than ever before are the family breadwinners as the credit squeeze continues to bite.
The number of cohabiting mothers who are breadwinners has doubled since 1997 to 200,000, a faster rate than married parents and single working mothers.
Last week, the PewResearchCenter released a study stating that women are now the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households with children in the US.
The Pew report also found there were more single mother breadwinners (8.