provender

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noun prov·en·der \ ˈprä-vən-dər \

Definition of provender

1 :dry food for domestic animals :feed

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Examples of provender in a Sentence

  1. a chef who prides himself on creating all of his dishes from local provender

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Did You Know?

When English speakers first chewed on the word provender around 1300, it referred to a stipend that a clergyman received from his cathedral or collegiate church, something also known as a prebend. A mere 25 years later, though, the word’s current meanings had developed. These days you’re most likely to encounter provender in articles written by food and travel writers. A few such writers confuse provender with purveyor, meaning "a person or business that sells or provides something," but most of them keep the words straight, as Deidre Schipani does in this quote: "The kitchen remains true to its local roots. Buying from island farmers, fisherman, shrimpers, butchers and small local artisans keeps the provender and purveyors in alignment." (The Post and Courier, September 3, 2009)

Origin and Etymology of provender

Middle English, from Anglo-French provende, provendre, from Medieval Latin provenda, alteration of praebenda prebend


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