spencer

1 of 2

noun (1)

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

spencer

2 of 2

noun (2)

: a trysail abaft the foremast or mainmast

Word History

Etymology

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 15 Jul. 2024.

Biographical Definition

Spencer

biographical name

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