Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that furnishes provisions, especially food.
  • n. One that promulgates something: a purveyor of lies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who supplies what is needed, especially food.
  • n. An officer who provided provisions for the king's household.
  • n. A procurer; a pimp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who provides victuals, or whose business is to make provision for the table; a victualer; a caterer.
  • n. An officer who formerly provided, or exacted provision, for the king's household.
  • n. a procurer; a pimp; a bawd.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who supplies provisions (especially food)

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Examples

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  • Better known as the purveyor of duvets and lampshades to the middle-classes, John Lewis now has high-end fashion in its sights, and on Wednesday will unveil a Ā£10m revamp at its Oxford Street store in London.

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  • He's better known as the purveyor of an interesting line of perfumes several of which I wear.

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  • On investigation, it turned out that the purveyor was a Pole, who had smuggled himself into the camp in order to assassinate the General.

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  • It's some stretch to picture the caustic Cassavetes helping bring into being a children's story as pure-hearted as Up, while for all their common ground politically (McCarthy has spoken of his pride in being called a purveyor of "liberal guilt"), neither The Station Agent and The Visitor have the Loach-ist earnestness that tinges some of Sayles 'movies (and I say that as a fan of his).

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  • Symantec, best known as the purveyor of the Norton antivirus software, is buying VeriSign's identity and authentication business for $1.28 billion cash.

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  • Although the Death by Audio warehouse, located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, also serves as a performance space, musicians 'gathering place and recording studio, the name is best known as a purveyor of fine effects for the discriminating musician.

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