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The primary income-earner in a household.
From bread + winner, where to win = to earn. Compare West Frisian breawinning (“livelihood”, literally “bread-winning”).
Women were quite often left to bring up children with the eldest son the main breadwinner.
She was the only breadwinner left to the household.
Matrimony may be postponed, or, when entered upon, may be rendered a lighter burden upon the breadwinner.
Two years ago, her father, the sole breadwinner died of AIDS.
The amount of money the primary breadwinner from the marriage earns can greatly influence the eventual amount of alimony the other partner is awarded.
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