Origin of provender
Examples from the Web for provender
While on service beyond the frontiers of his own country, he receives rations of food and provender, and a small amount of pay.Owen Clancy's Happy Trail|Burt L. Standish
The tent, the provender, the blankets, were snugly stowed away on board.The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's|Talbot Baines Reed
Do not trouble yourself about that; they will have their provender.
Matt Peasley paused, with a forkful of provender halfway to his mouth.Cappy Ricks|Peter B. Kyne
The crops of green rye, moistened with a profuse dew, served as beds to the men, and provender to the horses.History of the Expedition to Russia|Count Philip de Segur
British Dictionary definitions for provender
Word Origin for provender
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.