One who contracts; one of the parties to a bargain; one who covenants to do anything for another; specifically, one who contracts to perform work on a rather large scale, at a certain price or rate, as in building houses or making a railroad.
An individual, partnership, corporation or other legal entity that manages the labour and materials necessary to improve a property (i.e., construction, renovation) under contract with the property owner. There are general contractors and sub-contractors. Both may further sub-contract portions of the respective contracts if that is not their particular area of expertise. A true general contractor subcontracts the entire project to a number of sub-contractors and essentially becomes an administrative agent arranging for the billing and payment process.
The individual or company who is responsible for overall construction of a project. Negotiates, schedules and manages work of subcontractors. Also called general contractor.