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noun (1)

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


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


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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

Examples of trencher in a Sentence

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May 10, a police officer took a walk-in report for theft of a utility trailer and trencher. Pioneer Press Staff, Chicago Tribune, 19 May 2022 That means the standard medieval English diet of grains, vegetables like cabbage, and meats like beef and mutton probably didn’t change much—either in its content or in the portion sizes in the average trencher. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 6 July 2020 Partygoers would rarely eat the trencher; once supper was finished, those that were still in one piece were given to the destitute, or thrown to the dogs. Amy Azzarito, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2020

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Word History


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


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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“Trencher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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: a wooden platter for serving food

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