- a short, close-fitting jacket, frequently trimmed with fur, worn in the 19th century by women and children.
- a man's close-fitting jacket, having a collar and lapels and reaching just below the waist, worn in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
- an English wig of the 18th century.
Origin of spencer1
- a large gaff sail used abaft a square-rigged foremast or abaft the mainmast of a ship or bark.
Origin of spencer2
- a .52 caliber, lever-action repeating rifle and carbine patented in the U.S. in 1860 and used by the Union army and navy in the Civil War.
- Charles, 3rd Earl of Sunderland,1674–1722, British statesman: prime minister 1718–21.
- Herbert,1820–1903, English philosopher.
- Platt Rogers [plat] /plæt/, 1800–64, U.S. calligrapher and teacher of penmanship.
- a town in NW Iowa.
- a town in central Massachusetts.
- a male given name.
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Contemporary Examples of spencer
And yes, someone has already called Spencer a “Small Fry,” har har.
For his part, Bratton is disappointed but not surprised that the same narrative is already being mapped onto Fry and Spencer.
Spencer, 27, is variously described as a writer and a stand-up comic.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age)
January 6, 2015
Spencer was listed in stable condition up at the hospital as Guilavogui handed out the last copy.
Around 11 a.m. Thursday, Spencer determined that he had developed a fever of 100.3.
Historical Examples of spencer
Here he found Mr. Spencer just returned from his visit to Sidney.
It was the very place where Spencer had first beheld Camilla.
Its longest exponent is Comte, its broadest Mill and its thickest Spencer.The Devil's Dictionary
Thus, to Spencer, the evolutionist theory contains no immorality.Initiation into Philosophy
With this I left the inn, and got away to a place where I had arranged to wait for Spencer.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
- a short fitted coat or jacket
- a woman's knitted vest
Word Origin for spencer
- nautical a large loose-footed gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque
Word Origin for spencer
- Herbert. 1820–1903, English philosopher, who applied evolutionary theory to the study of society, favouring laissez-faire doctrines
- Sir Stanley. 1891–1959, English painter, noted esp for his paintings of Christ in a contemporary English setting
type of repeating rifle used in the American Civil War, 1863, named for U.S. gunsmith Christopher Spencer, who, with Luke Wheelock, manufactured them in Boston, Mass. The surname is attested from late 13c. (earlier le Despenser, c.1200), and means "one who dispenses or has charge of provisions in a household." Middle English spence meant "larder, pantry," and is short for Old French despense (French dépense) "expense," from despenser "to distribute" (see dispense). Another form of the word is spender, which also has become a surname.