purveyor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n purveyor someone who supplies provisions (especially food)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Purveyor a procurer; a pimp; a bawd.
    • Purveyor An officer who formerly provided, or exacted provision, for the king's household.
    • Purveyor One who provides victuals, or whose business is to make provision for the table; a victualer; a caterer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purveyor One who purveys or provides; specifically, one who purveys victuals, or whose business it is to make provision for the table; one who supplies eatables for a number of persons; a caterer.
    • n purveyor An officer who formerly provided or exacted provision for the king's household.
    • n purveyor One who provides the means of gratifying lust; a procurer or procuress; a pimp; a bawd.
    • n purveyor Formerly, an officer of the medical department of the United States army, whose duty was to purchase supplies. The office was abolished in 1892.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Purveyor one who provides victuals: an officer who formerly exacted provisions for the use of the king's household: a procurer
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. porveour, OF. pourveor, F. pourvoyeur,. See Purvey, and cf. Proveditor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. porvoir (Fr. pourvoir)—L. providēre, to provide.

Usage

In literature:

Piccadilly, purveyors to Her Majesty the Queen; Hedges & Butler, 155.
"Notes and Queries, Number 213, November 26, 1853" by Various
He will wait, and meanwhile do his best to waken his purveyor.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Piccadilly, purveyors to Her Majesty the Queen; Hedges & Butler, 155.
"Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853" by Various
The purveyors, who were said to have exceeded all their predecessors in insolence and extortion; 2.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
To make a treasurer of a poor man, or a bankrupt, is to make a hungry wolf purveyor of the kitchen.
"Niels Klim's journey under the ground" by Baron Ludvig Holberg
Towards the end of the century Italy comes forward as the great purveyor of books of a special sort.
"The Wanderings and Homes of Manuscripts" by M. R. James
Piccadilly, purveyors to Her Majesty the Queen; Hedges & Butler, 155.
"Notes and Queries, Number 194, July 16, 1853" by Various
Piccadilly, purveyors to Her Majesty the Queen; Hedges & Butler, 155.
"Notes and Queries, Number 195, July 23, 1853" by Various
Piccadilly, purveyors to Her Majesty the Queen; Hedges & Butler, 155.
"Notes and Queries, Number 196, July 30, 1853" by Various
As a purveyor of spices to the papal palace, his position in Orvieto would be more respected and more secure.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
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In news:

Well known as purveyors of viscous guitar sludge, the duo of Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson expand their ambitions and make some startling jazz-ensemble noises on their seventh album.
Tamarind done, new purveyor-focused pop-up starts at the Hotel Modern.
Lost in talk of obesity trends and industry politics is food's symbolic role as the purveyor of culture, tradition, and connection.
In December 2008, San Francisco's longest-lived purveyor of supergay clothing finally closed its doors.
Janitorial Staph and Purveyor of Devil Music for 102.7 WEBN.
Ehsan Ganji is the city's only purveyor of the home-baking phenomenon.
Study Haul at Boulder's Atlas Purveyors.
Head to nerdy-fabulous Atlas Purveyors for finals prep.
At 11 am, olive growers and purveyors are invited to bring their salty offerings to the Mission San Francisco Solano to be blessed by the Rev.
Any way you slice it, wild- boar meat, which has what Hughes' website calls a nutty/bacon flavor, represents a tasty opportunity for meat purveyors and chefs.
Cigar purveyors ready to light up after state tax cap clears senate.
It's getting hard to keep track of D.C. 's fleet of mobile food purveyors, which seems to get larger every month.
The purveyors and adopters of this stuff like to say we have nothing to fear if we have nothing to hide.
I was invited to Stowe, Vermont to broadcast from the Stowe Wine and Food Classic, a festival of wine and foods to be paired by chefs, winemakers and purveyors from throughout the culinary world.
Scanbuy, a QR code purveyor and Quick Response marketing campaign manager, registered 31 million scans of 1-D and 2-D bar codes worldwide in 2011 through its ScanLife app.
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