Definition of Spence

1. n. A place where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry.



Definition of Spence

1. Proper noun. Short form of the male given name Spencer. ¹

2. Noun. (dated) A buttery or pantry ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spence

1. a pantry [n -S] - See also: pantry

Medical Definition of Spence

1. 1. A place where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry. "In . . . His spence, or "pantry" were hung the carcasses of a sheep or ewe, and two cows lately slaughtered." (Sir W. Scott) "Bluff Harry broke into the spence, And turned the cowls adrift." (Tennyson) 2. The inner apartment of a country house; also, the place where the family sit and eat. Origin: OF. Despense, F. Depense, buffet, buttery, fr. OF. Despendre to spend, distribute, L. Dispendere, dispensum. See Dispense, Spend. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spence

spelter
spelters
speltmeal
spelts
speltz
speltzes
spelunc
speluncar
spelunk
spelunked
spelunker
spelunkers
spelunking
spelunkings
spelunks
spence (current term)
spencerite
spencers
spences
spend-all
spend a penny
spend time
spendable
spendaholic
spendaholics
spendall
spendalls
spender
spenders

Literary usage of Spence

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1. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs by Thomas Percy (1840)
"SIR PATRICK spence, Л SCOTTISH BALLAD, is giren from two MS. copies, transmitted from Scotland. In what age the hero of this ballad lived, ..."

2. Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland ; Notes Illustrative of the Most by George Adolphus Hanson (1876)
"Keith spence, Esq., to whom the above letter was written, was purser on ... In 1822, the manly protest of Captain spence, as senior naval officer of the ..."

3. The English Catalogue of Books by Sampson Low, Publishers' Circular, Sampson Low, Son and Marston (1898)
"Ed. by Dean spence and JS Exell. Judges : Exposition and Homiletics by Lord AC ... Edited by HDM spence and JS Exell. Ezra : Exposition by Geo. ..."

4. Poems of the English Race by Raymond Macdonald Alden (1921)
"Thus these two homicidal villains fell, And their deceitful poisoner as well. I Avicenna. A medical authority. SIR PATRICK spence [This ballad is perhaps ..."

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