provenance

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

Definition of provenance

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

Examples of provenance in a Sentence

  1. Has anyone traced the provenances of these paintings?

  2. The artifact is of unknown provenance.

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Origin and Etymology of provenance

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

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