Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to earn a livelihood: as, breadwinning pursuits or labors.
  • noun The earning of a livelihood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The earning of a household's primary income.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From bread +‎ winning. Compare West Frisian breawinning ("livelihood"), Dutch broodwinning ("profession").

Support

Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word breadwinning.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.