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: origin, source
: the history of ownership of a valued object or work of art or literature
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1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1
French, from provenir to come forth, originate, from Latin provenire, from pro- forth + venire to come — more at pro-, come
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: the origin or source of something
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to make amends
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