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[per-vey-er] /pərˈveɪ ər/
a person who purveys, provides, or supplies:
a purveyor of foods; a purveyor of lies.
Old English Law. an officer who provided or acquired provisions for the sovereign under the prerogative of purveyance.
Origin of purveyor
1250-1300; Middle English pourveour < Anglo-French; see purvey, -or2 Unabridged
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  • But after a few winks and whispers, one purveyor produced a bottle from the boot of his car and offered me a sip.
  • As an understocked purveyor of large dried fruit might say, we're out of big dates for a while.
  • The bottom would be knocked out of the illegal drugs trade both for the consumer and the purveyor.
  • Dell is looking to sell its factories in a bid to lower costs as it tries to become a more nimble purveyor of laptop computers.
  • It also expanded by marketing itself as a purveyor of choices in products and environment.
  • Barefoot is not the only luxury food purveyor in town, but it is probably the best known.
  • The company is a successful purveyor of communications gear such as networking equipment and police radios.
  • Procedures for election or selection of a water purveyor to manage the water system.
  • Understanding the regulatory responsibilities of a water purveyor was cited by eight systems as a need.
  • Copies of this report shall be distributed to the following: owner, purveyor, and tester.
British Dictionary definitions for purveyor


(often pl) a person, organization, etc, that supplies food and provisions
a person who spreads, repeats, or sells (information, lies, etc)
a person or thing that habitually provides or supplies a particular thing or quality: a purveyor of humour
(history) an officer providing or exacting provisions, lodging, etc, for a sovereign
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Word Origin and History for purveyor

c.1300, from Old French porveor (13c.), agent noun from porveoir (see purvey).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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purveyor in Technology
World-Wide Web
A World-Wide Web server for Windows NT and Windows 95 (when available).
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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