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provenance

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noun prov·e·nance \ˈpräv-nən(t)s, ˈprä-və-ˌnän(t)s\

Simple Definition of provenance

  • : the origin or source of something

Full Definition of provenance

  1. 1 :  origin, source

  2. 2 :  the history of ownership of a valued object or work of art or literature

Examples of provenance

  1. Has anyone traced the provenances of these paintings?

  2. The artifact is of unknown provenance.



Origin of provenance

French, from provenir to come forth, originate, from Latin provenire, from pro- forth + venire to come — more at pro-, come


First Known Use: 1785

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