• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bread-winner one who earns a living for a family
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bréad, prob. from a Teut. root meaning a fragment, like the Scot. and Norse country use of 'a piece,' for a bit of bread. The usual A.S. word was hláf.


In literature:

True, this was not the life he would have chosen, for he was a studious boy, but still, was he not 'the bread-winner'?
"Parables from Flowers" by Gertrude P. Dyer
Davie is our bread-winner, in a measure.
"The Inglises" by Margaret Murray Robertson
The duty of making home pleasant, which a good wife feels, is doubly felt upon the days when the bread-winner abides in it.
"Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six" by Juliet Corson
Large numbers not only maintain themselves but are necessary helpers to the bread-winners of their respective families.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 2, April, 1900" by Various
They are the bread-winners.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
She did no service to his work as a lace-designer, nor to himself as bread-winner.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
He is the home builder and protector, the bread winner, the battle fighter.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
She was extremely pleased to have this evidence of Finn's forethoughtfulness as a bread-winner.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
One of the women was a poor widow, and she had no other child, nor the hope of any other bread-winner for her old age.
"Ringan Gilhaize" by John Galt
I shouldn't like to be unfair to any one, and least of all to one who's lost her bread-winner.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
I have lost my bread winner.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
Pomiuk was the chief bread-winner for them all.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
The men have the right of inheritance, the education, habits of self-reliance, and are the bread-winners.
"Japanese Girls and Women" by Alice Mabel Bacon
One day the bread-winner of the family, the father, died suddenly.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
For months past, thousands of women and children have been deprived of their bread-winners.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
They are the bread-winners, the heads of households.
"An Unknown Lover" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She had no conception of her father as a bread-winner; her mother was so plainly the head of the house.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
I know now it was the self-respect that comes to everyone who is a bread-winner.
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
My father left very few funds behind him, and it was necessary for my mother to be mother and bread-winner at the same time.
"My Life" by Josiah Flynt
I am a bread-winner, a labourer in the market.
"A Plucky Girl" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

I hope all kind Christian souls will help the friends of the dead,
Especially those that have lost the winners of their bread;
And if they do, God surely will them bless,
Because pure Christianity is to help the widows and orphans in distress.
"Burning of the Exeter Theatre" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Iowa Pork Producers Association announce the winner Friday of its annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest.
Stevens Bread Winners cast-iron mechanical bank, circa 1886.
Motta Italian holiday bread is a winner.
This was the breads category winner in the 1979 contest, the recipe of New Orleanian Adelaide Nolan.
Toast the success of Sunblest with these brilliant bread-winner recipes from celeb chef Paula McIntyre.
Toast the success of Sunblest with these brilliant bread-winner recipes from celeb chef Paula McIntyre.
State Fair winner (pies and breads), plus a roasted tomato sauce .