breadwinning

breadwinner

[bred-win-er]
noun
a person who earns a livelihood, especially one who also supports dependents.

Origin:
1810–20; bread + winner

breadwinning, noun, adjective
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breadwinner (ˈbrɛdˌwɪnə)
 
n
a person supporting a family with his or her earnings
 
'breadwinning
 
n, —adj

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breadwinner
also bread-winner, "one who supplies a living for others, esp. a family," 1821, from bread (probably in a literal sense) + win. Attested slightly earlier (1818) in sense "skill or art by which one makes a living." Not too far removed from the image at the root of lord.
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