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noun (1)

spen·​cer ˈspen(t)-sər How to pronounce spencer (audio)
: a short waist-length jacket


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noun (2)

: a trysail abaft the foremast or mainmast

Examples of spencer in a Sentence

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Word History


Noun (1)

George John, second earl Spencer †1834 English politician

Noun (2)

probably from the name Spencer

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1795, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spencer was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Spencer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spencer. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Spen·​cer ˈspen(t)-sər How to pronounce Spencer (audio)
Herbert 1820–1903 English philosopher
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