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[prov-uh n-der]
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  1. dry food, as hay or oats, for livestock or other domestic animals; fodder.
  2. food; provisions.
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Origin of provender

1275–1325; Middle English provendre, from Old French, variant of provende “prebend, provender,” from Medieval Latin prōbenda, alteration of praebenda prebend, perhaps by association with Latin prōvidēre “to look out for, provide

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1. See feed.
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Historical Examples

  • Pancks recognised the sally in his usual way, and took in his provender in his usual way.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The first thing they saw was the basket of provender Frank had left.

  • This store of provender aroused no enthusiasm at Stormfield.

  • If others are the machines to provide this provender, they are the machines to read it.

  • Their horses were supplied with provender, and led likewise into the hut.

    Strife and Peace

    Fredrika Bremer

British Dictionary definitions for provender


  1. any dry feed or fodder for domestic livestock
  2. food in general
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French provendre, from Late Latin praebenda grant, from Latin praebēre to proffer; influenced also by Latin prōvidēre to look after
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Word Origin and History for provender


c.1300, "allowance paid each chapter member of a cathedral," from Anglo-French provendir, Old French provendier "provider; recipient, beneficiary," from Gallo-Romance *provenda, altered (by influence of Latin providere "supply") from Late Latin praebenda "allowance, subsistence," from Latin praebenda "(things) to be furnished," neuter plural gerundive of praebere "to furnish, offer," from prae "before" (see pre-) + habere "to hold" (see habit). Meaning "food, provisions, etc." (especially dry food for horses) is recorded from mid-14c.

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