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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.
1250-1300; Middle English pourveour < Anglo-French; see purvey, -or2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for purveyors
  • Retailers and purveyors of entertainment increasingly know our buying history and the vagaries of our unique tastes.
  • We hadn't by any measure exhausted the supply of even highly recommended boudin purveyors.
  • As purveyors to others, however, they don't take much responsibility for themselves.
  • The ultimate causal agents of plague are the purveyors of public health and sanitation.
  • His character will often explain the tricks used by purveyors of woo.
  • She balances hours of solitude in flight against days of intense encounters with purveyors of ideas.
  • That's the kind of deception we've come to expect from the purveyors of big corporate food.
  • Different purveyors of words will answer that question differently.
  • Thistle lists its ever-changing menu on a chalkboard, along with the names of its purveyors.
  • The culprit is public ignorance of science which uncritically allows in the purveyors of snake oil and scare stories.
British Dictionary definitions for purveyors


(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 purveyors



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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