American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that furnishes provisions, especially food.
- n. One that promulgates something: a purveyor of lies.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. An officer who formerly provided or exacted provision for the king's household.
- n. One who provides the means of gratifying lust; a procurer or procuress; a pimp; a bawd.
- n. Formerly, an officer of the medical department of the United States army, whose duty was to purchase supplies. The office was abolished in 1892.
- n. Someone who supplies what is needed, especially food.
- n. historical, UK An officer who provided provisions for the king's household.
- n. obsolete A procurer; a pimp.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who provides victuals, or whose business is to make provision for the table; a victualer; a caterer.
- n. engraving An officer who formerly provided, or exacted provision, for the king's household.
- n. a procurer; a pimp; a bawd.
- n. someone who supplies provisions (especially food)
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