[ prov-uhn-der ]
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  1. dry food, as hay or oats, for livestock or other domestic animals; fodder.

  2. food; provisions.

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

synonym study For provender

1. See feed.

Words Nearby provender Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use provender in a sentence

  • And thy oxen, and the ass colts that till the ground, shall eat mingled provender as it was winnowed in the floor.

  • Lawrence went into camp near a farmhouse, where he noticed there was plenty of provender for the horses.

  • Confined to the provender even their shepherds would have them contented withal, many would die.

    There and Back | George MacDonald
  • Joe was ordered to give the horses water, and place a large quantity of provender within their reach.

    Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones
  • All the year round they roam across the plains, and in winter seek their provender beneath the snow.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin

British Dictionary definitions for provender


/ (ˈprɒvɪndə) /

  1. any dry feed or fodder for domestic livestock

  2. food in general

Origin of provender

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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