purveyor

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From Anglo-Norman purveyour, from Old French porveor, agent noun from porveoir. See purvey.

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purveyor (plural purveyors)

  1. Someone who supplies what is needed, especially food.
    Anthropologists are the purveyors of dangerous ideas.
  2. (historical, UK) An officer who provided provisions for the king's household.
  3. (obsolete) A procurer; a pimp.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)

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