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[prov-uh n-der] /ˈprɒv ən dər/
dry food, as hay or oats, for livestock or other domestic animals; fodder.
food; provisions.
Origin of provender
1275-1325; Middle English provendre, from Old French, variant of provende “prebend, provender,” from Medieval Latin prōbenda, alteration of praebenda prebend, perhaps by association with Latin prōvidēre “to look out for, provide
Synonym Study
1. See feed. Unabridged
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  • A trespasser, I believe, if the truth were known, upon the provender you would fain have been biting at just now.

    Thomas Otway Thomas Otway
  • Most of the loading of the waggon consisted of provender for our horses and mules.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Matt Peasley paused, with a forkful of provender halfway to his mouth.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • Pancks recognised the sally in his usual way, and took in his provender in his usual way.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • “You have come far, I suspect,” observed the old fisherman, as he watched the horses devour their provender.

    Roger Willoughby William H. G. Kingston
  • This store of provender aroused no enthusiasm at Stormfield.

  • From the sap is manufactured a drink, while seeds are ground up for provender for camels.

    The Palm Tree Blessing W. E. Shepard
  • If others are the machines to provide this provender, they are the machines to read it.

  • A few biskets alone was my provender; but for the supply of my dark lantern I was abundantly careful.

    Secresy E. (Eliza) Fenwick
  • Their horses were supplied with provender, and led likewise into the hut.

    Strife and Peace Fredrika Bremer
British Dictionary definitions for provender


any dry feed or fodder for domestic livestock
food in general
Word Origin
C14: from Old French provendre, from Late Latin praebenda grant, from Latin praebēre to proffer; influenced also by Latin prōvidēre to look after
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Word Origin and History for provender

c.1300, "allowance paid each chapter member of a cathedral," from Anglo-French provendir, Old French provendier "provider; recipient, beneficiary," from Gallo-Romance *provenda, altered (by influence of Latin providere "supply") from Late Latin praebenda "allowance, subsistence," from Latin praebenda "(things) to be furnished," neuter plural gerundive of praebere "to furnish, offer," from prae "before" (see pre-) + habere "to hold" (see habit). Meaning "food, provisions, etc." (especially dry food for horses) is recorded from mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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