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From Anglo-Norman contributour (from Latin contribuō); equivalent to contribute +‎ -or.


  • (US) IPA(key): /kənˈtɹɪb.jə.tɚ/, /-ju-/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈtɹɪb.jə.tə/, /-juː-/, /-jʊ-/, /ˈkɒn.tɹɪb.juː-/
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contributor (plural contributors)

  1. A benefactor; someone who donates to charity or some cause.
    I am a longstanding financial contributor to Amnesty International.
  2. A person who backs, supports or champions a cause, activity or institution.
    • 1978 December 9, George Mendenhall, “Harvey Milk, Mayor Moscone Slain in Shooting”, in Gay Community News, volume 6, number 20, page 1:
      The nation lost two major contributors to the cause of human rights in the murders of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk on Nov. 27.
    He was a regular contributor to Greenpeace protests.
  3. A person (or thing) instrumental in the creation or growth of something.
    Methane is a major contributor to global warming
  4. A person who produces articles published in a newspaper, magazine, online publication, etc.
    William Safire has been a notable contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times for many years.