Provider vs Purveyor - What's the difference?

provider | purveyor |


As nouns the difference between provider and purveyor

is that provider is one who, or that which, provides a service, commodity, or the means for subsistence while purveyor is someone who supplies what is needed, especially food.

provider

Noun

(en noun)
  • One who, or that which, provides a service, commodity, or the means for subsistence.
  • Derived terms

    * Internet service provider * health care service provider

    purveyor

    English

    Alternative forms

    * purveyour (obsolete)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Someone who supplies what is needed, especially food.
  • Anthropologists are the purveyors of dangerous ideas.
  • (historical, UK) An officer who provided provisions for the king's household.
  • (obsolete) A procurer; a pimp.
  • (Addison)

    Synonyms

    * grocer