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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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Basso, in Meet Joe Copper, argues that the masculinity of home front men was threatened during World War II, when soldiering took precedence over breadwinning as the ideal masculine trait.
''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.
Whereas a business executive can expect to amass his wealth over half a century, usually making more money in their 60s than their 40s, a professional athlete's primary breadwinning years happen in their 20s and 30s, and then drops off precipitously after that.
Just like Joseph Stadler (1719-1771), the father of the clarinet players Anton and Johann Stadler, who was a shoemaker by profession for a certain time of his life, also worked as a musician, Leopold Leitgeb changed his breadwinning according to the demand and by 1740 is referred to in the records as "Tagwerker" (day laborer) and "Eisentandler" (ironmonger).
Since industrialization, breadwinning has comprised many fathers' contributions to family work, with hands-on involvement solely the domain of mothers (Lamb, 2000).
The roles of breadwinning, bread-baking and babysitting are now far more shared and having it all is an equal opportunities definition.
An IPPR spokesman said: "The balance between breadwinning and caring has changed.
Boss Dalia Ben-Galim said: "The balance between breadwinning and caring's changed - it can no longer be assumed the dad is the primary breadwinner in a couple family.
The number of breadwinning mothers, which includes those earning more than their partner or those who are working single mothers, has soared from 18 percent 15 years ago to 31 percent today, the study by the IPPR think tank found.
OVER THE PAST half-century, enormous changes have occurred in the gender division of care giving and breadwinning across many countries, including Canada, the United States, and Britain.