dialectal, chiefly British
: pantry

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French espence, spence, from Medieval Latin expensa victuals, from Late Latin, outlay, compulsory supply of food — more at expense entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spence was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spence. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

A(ndrew) Michael 1943–     American economist

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