Definition of vendor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛndə/ /ˈvɛndɔː/
(US also vender)


1A person or company offering something for sale, especially a trader in the street: an Italian ice-cream vendor
More example sentences
  • They found a street vendor selling ice cream; this time Rose wouldn't take no for an answer.
  • She glanced around quickly, and her eyes caught a street vender who was selling ice cream.
  • These are sold at market or by street vendors, but people typically grow enough for their own consumption.
seller, salesperson, salesman, saleswoman, dealer, trader, tradesman, retailer, shopkeeper, shopman, shop girl, shop boy, sales assistant, assistant, wholesaler, merchant, trafficker, purveyor, supplier, stockist, marketer, marketeer, sales representative, door-to-door salesman, travelling salesman, commercial traveller;
tout, barrow boy;
broker, agent, representative, negotiator;
North American  sales clerk, clerk, storekeeper
informal counter-jumper, rep, knight of the road, runner, pusher
dated chandler, pedlar, hawker
rare huckster, crier, colporteur
1.1ˈvɛndɔː Law The seller in a sale, especially of property.
Example sentences
  • First, he must be sure that the vendor of the property is really entitled to sell it.
  • Contracts between the vendor and the claimant were exchanged on 12 th June 1995.
  • In the agreement the vendor warranted that the pool machinery was properly constructed and free of structural deficits.


Late 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French vendour (see vend).

  • Vendor and vend (early 17th century) go back to Latin vendere ‘sell’. The first vending machines appeared at the end of the 19th century.

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