Definition of vendor in US English:


(also vender)


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

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


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