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[proh-vee-nee-uh ns, -veen-yuh ns]
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  1. provenance; origin; source.
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Origin of provenience

1880–85; < Latin prōveni(ent)- (stem of prōveniēns, present participle of prōvenīre to come forth, arise) + -ence. See provenance
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Related Words for provenience

embryo, producer, creator, spring, rootstock, influence, agent, motive, seed, wellspring, roots, parentage, generator, author, provenance, germ, source, fountain, progenitor, ancestor

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Historical Examples of provenience

  • They were in the Forum, as the provenience of the inscription shows.

    A Study Of The Topography And Municipal History Of Praeneste

    Ralph Van Deman Magoffin

  • The number assigned each specimen referred not only to its catalogue entry but also its provenience.

  • From older (pre-1901) University collections, provenience and collector not recorded.

    Mohave Pottery

    Alfred L. Kroeber

  • The methods of Futurism have their provenience in many preceding art movements.

  • Maeterlinck's speculations, despite their medieval provenience, have a practical orientation.

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].

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