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[tren-cher] /ˈtrɛn tʃər/
a person or thing that digs trenches.
ditchdigger (def 3).
a rectangular or circular flat piece of wood on which meat, or other food, is served or carved.
such a piece of wood and the food on it.
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 Unabridged
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  • Tom was up now, saw it was the master, and touched his trencher.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • If you're eating for honour, you mustn't leave anything on the trencher.'

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • One of the most important articles for setting the table was the trencher.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • The trencher on his tressel was empty; and he had not wherewithal to re-fill it.

  • It was trencher's impression that the man had gone on by without halting.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Now the tall man, the one conspicuously dressed, had been trencher.

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  • For the moment it was this hundredth man trencher would have to fear.

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  • Moreover, this person was staring directly in trencher's direction.

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  • trencher, looking slantwise to the south, could see them plainly.

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British Dictionary definitions for trencher


(esp formerly) a wooden board on which food was served or cut
Also called trencher cap another name for mortarboard (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14 trenchour knife, plate for carving on, from Old French trencheoir, from trenchier to cut; see trench


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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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