[per-vey-uh ns]
  1. the act of purveying.
  2. something that is purveyed, as provisions.
  3. English Law. a prerogative of the crown, abolished in 1660, allowing provisions, supplies, or services for the sovereign or the royal household to be purchased or acquired at an appraised value.

Origin of purveyance

1225–75; purvey + -ance; replacing Middle English purvea(u)nce, purvya(u)nce < Old French purveance < Latin prōvidentia. See providence
Related formsnon·pur·vey·ance, noun
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  1. history the collection or requisition of provisions for a sovereign
  2. rare the act of purveying
  3. rare that which is purveyed
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Word Origin and History for purveyance

c.1300, from Anglo-French purveance and directly from Old French porveance, from Latin providentia (see providence).

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