Purveyor Pur*vey"or, n. [OE. porveour, OF. pourveor, F. pourvoyeur. See {Purvey}, and cf. {Proveditor}.] 1. One who provides victuals, or whose business is to make provision for the table; a victualer; a caterer. [1913 Webster]

2. An officer who formerly provided, or exacted provision, for the king's household. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

3. a procurer; a pimp; a bawd. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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