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breadwinner (n.)

also bread-winner, "one who supplies a living for himself and others," especially a family, 1821, from the noun bread (probably in a literal sense) + winner, from win (v.) in its sense of "struggle for, work at." Attested slightly earlier (1818) in sense "skill or art by which one makes a living." Not too far removed from the image at the root of lord (n.).

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Definitions of breadwinner

breadwinner (n.)
one whose earnings are the primary source of support for their dependents;
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