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trencher

[tren-cher]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that digs trenches.
  2. ditchdigger(def 3).
  3. a rectangular or circular flat piece of wood on which meat, or other food, is served or carved.
  4. such a piece of wood and the food on it.
  5. Archaic. food; the pleasures of good eating.

Origin of trencher

1275–1325; Middle English trenchour something to cut with or on < Anglo-French; Middle French trencheoir. See trench, -ory2
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trencher1

noun
  1. (esp formerly) a wooden board on which food was served or cut
  2. Also called: trencher cap another name for mortarboard (def. 1)

Word Origin

C14 trenchour knife, plate for carving on, from Old French trencheoir, from trenchier to cut; see trench

trencher2

noun
  1. a person or thing that digs trenches
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Word Origin and History for trencher

n.

c.1300, "wooden platter on which to cut meat," from Anglo-French trenchour, from Old North French trencheor "a trencher," literally "a cutting place," from Old French trenchier "to cut" (see trench).

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