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Monday, August 11, 2008

Definitions for provenance

  1. place or source of origin: The provenance of the ancient manuscript has never been determined.

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Citations for provenance
"I suppose you can tell me nothing of his provenance?" he asked indifferently. "As to his provenance, Sir, I'm in the way of thinking...that he was sent down from Heaven, Sir." Stephen Fry, The Liar, 1991
It was this sphinx-like expression that sometimes induced their American friends to imagine a more exotic provenance for her than she actually possessed. In fact she was from simple Florida country stock. Zadie Smith, On Beauty, 2005
Origin of provenance
1860-1865
Provenance entered English by way of French in the mid-1800s. Ultimately it can be traced to the Latin prōvenīre meaning "to come forth."