Definition of vendor in English:


(also vender)

Pronunciation /ˈvendər//ˈvenˌdôr/


  • 1A person or company offering something for sale, especially a trader in the street.

    ‘an Italian ice cream vendor’
    • ‘Street vendors and small restaurants in Bangkok also reported chicken sales have dived since late last week.’
    • ‘In Peru's informal economic sector, street vendors sell anything from food to flowers.’
    • ‘Street vendors had set up their carts in front of her space, keeping customers away.’
    • ‘He nodded and I turned away, walking straight up to the vendor's cart.’
    • ‘I'd just grab something from a vendor's cart in the marketplace.’
    • ‘A seafood vendor hawks his goods at a morning market in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.’
    • ‘She explained that some place had become a dumping area for rotting vegetables that vendors were unable to sale.’
    • ‘I learned to drink espresso there served up from a little vendor's cart.’
    • ‘She glanced around quickly, and her eyes caught a street vender who was selling ice cream.’
    • ‘The cries of children playing and street vendors hawking their merchandise rose above the hubbub.’
    • ‘The hotdog vendor looked up from his task of assembling Rhino's meal and stared at them.’
    • ‘You'll see vendors hawking everything from incense to books on the latest conspiracy theory.’
    • ‘These are sold at market or by street vendors, but people typically grow enough for their own consumption.’
    • ‘I am reminded of a very simple example where hotdog vendors compete for location on a strip of beach.’
    • ‘For example, Unilever sells soap through street vendors and Coca-Cola is sold through kiosks.’
    • ‘They found a street vendor selling ice cream; this time Rose wouldn't take no for an answer.’
    • ‘Today's street vendors hawk pirated DVD movies and contraband toys and clothing from China.’
    • ‘The explosion in Baghdad occurred in a market when police tried to dismantle two bombs found in vendors ' stalls.’
    • ‘The battle should begin with shop owners, they should not allow vendors along the corridors.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, many middle-class customers also enjoy buying from the street vendors.’
    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
    sales clerk, clerk, storekeeper
    counter-jumper, rep, knight of the road, runner, pusher
    chandler, pedlar, hawker
    huckster, crier, colporteur
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    1. 1.1 A person or company whose principal product lines are office supplies and equipment.
    2. 1.2Law The seller, especially of property.
      • ‘Contracts between the vendor and the claimant were exchanged on 12 th June 1995.’
      • ‘First, he must be sure that the vendor of the property is really entitled to sell it.’
      • ‘The vendor's solicitor responded with a letter to Kent dated October 9.’
      • ‘On 30 June the Solicitors remitted the full purchase price of £102,000 to the Vendor's solicitors.’
      • ‘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).