[ tren-cher ]
/ ˈtrɛn tʃər /


a person or thing that digs trenches.
a rectangular or circular flat piece of wood on which meat, or other food, is served or carved.
such a piece of wood and the food on it.
Archaic. food; the pleasures of good eating.



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Origin of trencher

1275–1325; Middle English trenchour something to cut with or on < Anglo-French; Middle French trencheoir. See trench, -ory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for trencher (1 of 2)

/ (ˈtrɛntʃə) /


(esp formerly) a wooden board on which food was served or cut
Also called: trencher cap another name for mortarboard (def. 1)

Word Origin for trencher

C14 trenchour knife, plate for carving on, from Old French trencheoir, from trenchier to cut; see trench

British Dictionary definitions for trencher (2 of 2)

/ (ˈtrɛntʃə) /


a person or thing that digs trenches
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