[ proh-vee-nee-uh ns, -veen-yuh ns ]
/ proʊˈvi ni əns, -ˈvin yəns /


provenance; origin; source.

Origin of provenience

1880–85; < Latin prōveni(ent)- (stem of prōveniēns, present participle of prōvenīre to come forth, arise) + -ence. See provenance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for provenience



1881, a Latinization of provenance, or else from Latin provenientem (nominative proveniens), present participle of provenire "come forth" (see provenance). "Preferred to PROVENANCE by those who object to the French form of the latter" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper