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[dih-spen-ser] /dɪˈspɛn sər/
a person or thing that dispenses.
a container, package, device, or vending machine for holding and dispensing something in small amounts, as facial tissue, paper cups, or candy.
Origin of dispenser
1250-1300; Middle English; see dispense, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The difficulty was frankly faced at last, and it was ordained in council that the Colonel should be dispenser of the food.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • The variety of these drinks is limited only by the ingenuity of the dispenser.

  • You are the dispenser of the King's high justice in this province.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Such a contingency as this had never been foreseen by that dispenser of proverbs.

  • As a dispenser of unspeakable profanity, the Paris cocher has no equal.

    The Lion and The Mouse Charles Klein
  • She is preacher, prophet, and dispenser of amiability, all in one.

  • Thus, as men have great need of instruction, and of being taught morals, I should constitute myself the dispenser of these.

    Economic Sophisms Frederic Bastiat
  • Tell me what she is like, this giver and dispenser of princely gifts.

  • In verity he was partaker and dispenser of the manifold grace of God.

  • Now let me invoke the grand-kophta, the dispenser of life and health!

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for dispenser


a device, such as a vending machine, that automatically dispenses a single item or a measured quantity
a person or thing that dispenses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dispenser

c.1400, "one who administers" (a household, etc.), c.1200 in surnames, from Anglo-French dispensour, Old French despenseor, from Latin dispensatorem, agent noun from dispensare (see dispense). Meaning "a container that dispenses in fixed measure" is from 1918.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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