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provenance

[ prov-uh-nuhns, -nahns ]
/ ˈprɒv ə nəns, -ˌnɑns /
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noun

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

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Origin of provenance

1860–65; <French, derivative of provenant, present participle of provenir<Latin prōvenīre to come forth; see pro-1, convene, -ant

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH provenance

provenance , province
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British Dictionary definitions for provenance

provenance

mainly US provenience (prəʊˈviːnɪəns)

/ (ˈprɒvɪnəns) /

noun

a place of origin, esp that of a work of art or archaeological specimen

Word Origin for provenance

C19: from French, from provenir, from Latin prōvenīre to originate, from venīre to come
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