Definition of vendor in English:


(US vender)

Pronunciation /ˈvɛndɔː//ˈvɛndə//ˈvɛndɔː/


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

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


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