Definition of breadwinner in English:



  • A person who earns money to support their family, typically the sole one.

    ‘when Roland's grant ran out, Val became the breadwinner’
    • ‘These people were honest workers and breadwinners for their families.’
    • ‘On top of this, women are burdened by suddenly being forced to be the sole breadwinners for their families.’
    • ‘Our culture no longer values the household supported by a sole breadwinner.’
    • ‘I also employ about half-a-dozen workers, some of whom are the sole breadwinners of their families.’
    • ‘Doctors give priority to breadwinners for families.’
    • ‘Many could not afford to be made redundant as some had just taken out new mortgages, were the sole breadwinners, or had school-aged children to support.’
    • ‘In Qadasiyah province, 35% of children working on the streets were their family's sole breadwinners.’
    • ‘During the first half of the 1950s, close to three million working-class families were without male breadwinners, and one out of every three households was supported solely by a woman.’
    • ‘He was the sole breadwinner for his family, especially since both of his parents died several years ago.’
    • ‘The men of the family were the sole breadwinners as women were barred from working.’
    • ‘Aged parents, impoverished families without breadwinners, and young children to support were crucial issues.’
    • ‘He added that all the accused were married, had children and were the sole breadwinners of their families.’
    • ‘She was the sole breadwinner in the family and it was a tough call.’
    • ‘This is because those in prison and under trial prisoners are often the sole breadwinners of the family.’
    • ‘Traditionally, we have based our support for families around the male breadwinner model.’
    • ‘If something bad had happened to my father I would be the sole breadwinner for the family.’
    • ‘In short, the habitat is conserved, repaired and preserved - and it ensues while providing full and honourable employment for the breadwinners of eight families.’
    • ‘Her boss often harassed her and was aware that, as the sole breadwinner of her four-member family, she was unlikely to protest.’
    • ‘Very often these women workers are the sole breadwinners.’
    • ‘Women in many families have become the breadwinners, taking low-paying jobs as maids or at the country's new textile factories.’
    employee, member of staff, working man, working woman, workman, labourer, hand, operative, operator
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