Definition of breadwinner in English:


Line breaks: bread|win¦ner
Pronunciation: /ˈbrɛdwɪnə


A person who earns money to support their family, typically the sole one: when Roland’s grant ran out, Val became the breadwinner
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  • I also employ about half-a-dozen workers, some of whom are the sole breadwinners of their families.
  • In Qadasiyah province, 35% of children working on the streets were their family's sole breadwinners.
  • He added that all the accused were married, had children and were the sole breadwinners of their families.



noun& adjective
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  • Nearly all of the 100,000-plus detainees are able-bodied people of breadwinning age who have, we can assume, a number of dependent family members.
  • We're undervaluing and underpaying young adults, including potentially breadwinning fathers.
  • The idea that fatherhood is associated with breadwinning, with participation in paid employment, and that this is the main way that men can be social fathers, is therefore historically and culturally specific.

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