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provenance

[prov-uh-nuh ns, -nahns] /ˈprɒv ə nəns, -ˌnɑns/
noun
1.
place or source of origin:
The provenance of the ancient manuscript has never been determined.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < French, derivative of provenant, present participle of provenir < Latin prōvenīre to come forth; see pro-1, convene, -ant
Can be confused
provenance, province.
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provenance

/ˈprɒvɪnəns/
noun
1.
a place of origin, esp that of a work of art or archaeological specimen
Word Origin
C19: from French, from provenir, from Latin prōvenīre to originate, from venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for prove-nance

provenance

n.

1785, from French provenance "origin, production," from provenant, present participle of Middle French provenir "come forth, arise, originate," from Latin provenire "come forth, originate, appear, arise," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + venire "come" (see venue).

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