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Origin of larder

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French lardier. See lard, -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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provender, storage, pantry, groceries, supplies, stock

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British Dictionary definitions for larder


  1. a room or cupboard, used as a store for food

Word Origin for larder

C14: from Old French lardier, from lard
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Word Origin and History for larder

c.1300, "supply of salt pork, bacon, and other meats," later in reference to the room for processing and storing such (late 14c.), from Anglo-French larder, Old French lardier "a place for meats," from Medieval Latin lardarium "a room for meats," from Latin lardum "lard, bacon" (see lard (n.)). Meaning "department of the royal household or of a monastic house in charge of stored meats" is mid-15c. Surname Lardner "person in charge of a larder" is attested from mid-12c.

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