Definition of purveyor in English:



  • 1A person who sells or deals in particular goods.

    ‘a purveyor of large luxury vehicles’
    • ‘Many quarries, including those at Portland, were solely suppliers and purveyors of the stone.’
    • ‘European hoteliers, retailers, and purveyors of luxury goods are rolling out the red carpet.’
    • ‘Verily did his disciples come, and the supporting acts, and the media, and the t-shirt sellers, and the purveyors of greasy food.’
    • ‘The point is that adolescent fury needs an outlet and such colourful purveyors of antisocial behaviour provide a relatively safe channel for it.’
    • ‘It seems like every time a fashion magazine starts up, a new denim line gets touted purveyor of the latest ‘it’ jeans.’
    seller, vendor, trader, retailer, supplier, provider, stockist, tout, trafficker, pedlar, hawker
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    1. 1.1 A person or group who spreads or promotes an idea, view, etc.
      ‘a purveyor of traditional Christian values’
      • ‘Those that understand that we are at war with terroristic purveyors of medieval viciousness know that we cannot reason with our adversaries.’
      • ‘Again, the point here is not to paint Spike Lee as a consistent purveyor of radical politics.’
      • ‘Apparently, today's purveyors of pagan religions have sidestepped this question by changing the labels.’
      • ‘It is not an accident that the protagonists of cultural nationalism are also purveyors of globalisation that throws open the floodgates of cultural neo-colonialism.’
      • ‘While conflict is bound to happen, especially in a larger family, middle kids make great purveyors of peace.’
      • ‘The first and perhaps most difficult to define was the academy's role as purveyor of moral virtue.’
      • ‘But they should be required to answer basic questions before being included in that rare category: purveyor of truth.’
      • ‘Unusually among modernist artists, this supposed purveyor of nihilism was a militant of the left rather than the right.’
      • ‘The mass media are discredited as purveyors of the true.’
      • ‘He said, no longer should they be voiceless, since they too were purveyors of wisdom.’
      • ‘One can only urge purveyors of such nonsense to stop embarrassing themselves.’
      • ‘If you are a purveyor of bad science, be afraid.’
      • ‘They are also purveyors of a number of pious myths about American politics.’
      • ‘The author makes certain, however, to start his article in a fashion exemplary of purveyors of pseudoscience.’
      • ‘These papers are not neutral purveyors of information.’
      • ‘But the real purveyors of violence are deeply wedded to the very conditions that give rise to these forms of struggle.’