trencher

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noun (1)

tren·​cher ˈtren-chər How to pronounce trencher (audio)
: a wooden platter for serving food

trencher

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adjective

1
: of or relating to a trencher or to meals
2
archaic : having the nature of a parasite : sycophantic

trencher

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noun (2)

trench·​er ˈtren-chər How to pronounce trencher (audio)
: one that digs trenches
specifically : a usually self-propelled excavating machine typically employing a bucket conveyor and used to dig trenches especially for pipelines and cables

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English trenchour knife, serving platter, from Anglo-French, from trencher to cut

Noun (2)

trench entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1851, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Trencher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trencher. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

trencher

noun

tren·​cher
ˈtren-chər
: a wooden platter for serving food

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