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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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Allam added that confronting women's problems and developing appropriate solutions is among the most important issues adopted by the party, and that the party is also preparing women-oriented rehabilitation and development programmes, especially for women in rural areas and breadwinning women.
Despite insisting on the equal dignity and value of men and women, we still regard men's traditional work of breadwinning as more valuable and important than women's traditional work of caregiving.
Despite our knowledge on this "stalled revolution" in the gendered division of unpaid labor (England, 2010), less attention has been paid to the dynamics of masculinity and femininity operating in less conventionally gendered households--those with stay-at-home fathers and breadwinning mothers.
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He said in his family, the traditional roles of nurturing and breadwinning are shared.
11) Therefore, the planners used Kitimat as an opportunity to carve from the wilderness a town that comprehensively met the needs of their desired population: breadwinning husbands who would work at the smelter and provide for their families financially, homemaking mothers to raise children and transform newly constructed houses into happy homes, and obedient children to make use of Kitimat's new schools and playgrounds.
It's becoming more acceptable for dads to be caregivers, and it's becoming more acceptable for moms to be responsible for breadwinning,'' she said.
It seems there is a new balance between breadwinning and caring within our households and we can no longer assume that the man is the primary breadwinner.