- dry food, as hay or oats, for livestock or other domestic animals; fodder.
- food; provisions.
Origin of provender
Examples from the Web for provender
Pancks recognised the sally in his usual way, and took in his provender in his usual way.Little Dorrit
The first thing they saw was the basket of provender Frank had left.Frank Roscoe's Secret
This store of provender aroused no enthusiasm at Stormfield.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
If others are the machines to provide this provender, they are the machines to read it.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
Their horses were supplied with provender, and led likewise into the hut.Strife and Peace
- any dry feed or fodder for domestic livestock
- food in general
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.