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[prov-uh-nuh ns, -nahns] /ˈprɒv ə nəns, -ˌnɑns/
place or source of origin:
The provenance of the ancient manuscript has never been determined.
Origin of provenance
1860-65; < French, derivative of provenant, present participle of provenir < Latin prōvenīre to come forth; see pro-1, convene, -ant
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provenance, province. Unabridged
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a place of origin, esp that of a work of art or archaeological specimen
Word Origin
C19: from French, from provenir, from Latin prōvenīre to originate, from venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for provenance

1785, from French provenance "origin, production," from provenant, present participle of Middle French provenir "come forth, arise, originate," from Latin provenire "come forth, originate, appear, arise," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + venire "come" (see venue).

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