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Borrowed from Anglo-Norman vendor (Old French vendeor), from Latin venditor (seller), from vendere (to sell, cry up for sale, praise), contraction of venundare, venumdare, also, as originally, two words venum dare (to sell), from venum (sale, price) + dare (to give).



vendor (plural vendors)

  1. A person or a company that vends or sells.
    • 1847 March 30, Herman Melville, “Queen Pomaree”, in Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas; [], London: John Murray, [], →OCLC, page 309:
      [] Tanee was accosted by certain good fellows, friends and boon companions, who condoled with him on his misfortunes—railed against the queen, and finally dragged him away to an illicit vender of spirits, in whose house the party got gloriously mellow.
    • 1950 May, “A Tunisian Electric Railway”, in Railway Magazine, page 335:
      Travel is enlivened not only by the mixed company of French, Berbers, Arabs, and descendants of the Mediterranean-Corsairs who sit together indiscriminately, but also by itinerant vendors of macaroons, sweetmeats and the like, who, as long as they have a travel ticket, ply their wares unhindered by the [ticket] collectors.
  2. A vending machine.
    • 2015, Jennifer Ott, Rays of Civilization, page 64:
      She left her duties guarding the cola vendor and brushed past Earl to the aisle with the creamed corn.


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vendor (third-person singular simple present vendors, present participle vendoring, simple past and past participle vendored)

  1. (transitive, software engineering) To bundle third-party dependencies with the source code for one's own program.
    I distributed my application with a vendored copy of Perl so that it wouldn't use the system copies of Perl where it is installed.
  2. (transitive, software engineering) As the software vendor, to bundle one's own, possibly modified version of dependencies with a standard program.
    Strawberry Perl contains vendored copies of some CPAN modules, designed to allow them to run on Windows.




From vendos (to decide, to place) +‎ -or (forming adjectives).


vendor (feminine vendore)

  1. local

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  1. first-person singular present passive indicative of vēndō