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spence

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noun British Dialect.

a pantry.

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Origin of spence

1350–1400; Middle English spense, spence<Middle French despense pantry <Medieval Latin dīspēnsa, noun use of feminine of dīspēnsus, past participle of dīspendere to weigh out; see dispense

Definition for spence (2 of 2)

Spence
[ spens ]
/ spɛns /

noun

a male given name, form of Spencer.
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British Dictionary definitions for spence (1 of 2)

spence
/ (spɛns) /

noun

dialect
  1. a larder or pantry
  2. any monetary allowance
  3. a parlour, esp in a cottage

Word Origin for spence

C14: from Old French despense, from Latin dispendere to distribute; see dispense

British Dictionary definitions for spence (2 of 2)

Spence
/ (spɛns) /

noun

Sir Basil (Unwin). 1907–76, Scottish architect, born in India; designed Coventry Cathedral (1951)
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