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spencer

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noun spen·cer \ ˈspen(t)-sər \

Definition of spencer

:a short waist-length jacket

Origin and Etymology of spencer

George John, second earl Spencer †1834 English politician


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spencer

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Definition of spencer

:a trysail abaft the foremast or mainmast

Origin and Etymology of spencer

probably from the name Spencer


Spencer

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biographical name Spen·cer \ ˈspen(t)-sər \

Definition of Spencer

Herbert 1820–1903 English philosopher

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