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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
This Life Insurance Gap exists despite the fact that over 80 percent of American breadwinners surveyed feel they have enough life insurance coverage.
Che, 32, is one of the many working women who step up to the role of primary breadwinners for millions of households worldwide.
Christin Munsch, of Cornell University, New York, revealed: "Making less money than a female partner may threaten men's gender identity by calling into question the traditional notion of men as breadwinners.
She said control, independence, ambition, pressure, worry, guilt and resentment are all experienced by female breadwinners.
2] In her valuable and magisterial history of the poor law from 1700-1948, The Solidarities of Strangers, Lynn Lees argues that the New Poor Law of 1834 treated impoverished men and women very differently, drawing upon middle-class assumptions that husbands would be strong, independent breadwinners while women should be weak, dependent housewives rather than wage earners.
I wanted to know whether my husband and I were the only ones suffering from the idea of exchanging the roles that society made us used to," Chan said, explaining her shock when she discovered that divorces between female breadwinners and their husbands are 40 percent higher than in traditional marriages.
They informed the court on Thursday that they were "mere security guards" who needed reasonable bond terms and added they were their family's breadwinners.
This move is led by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) and the banks operating in the local market, which have decided to allocate a large part of their loan portfolios to women, especially micro loans, which serve female breadwinners in rural areas.
Previous research has found that while women who are the main breadwinners may try harder to keep their marriage on track, their husbands are more likely to abuse them or cut back on their contribution to housework.
In a project that follows cases in the US and Canada in which women are the breadwinners, Carleton University professor Andrea Doucet found that men struggled with the cultural presumptions that husbands should always be the breadwinner.