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[proh-vee-nee-uh ns, -veen-yuh ns] /proʊˈvi ni əns, -ˈvin yəns/
provenance; origin; source.
Origin of provenience
1880-85; < Latin prōveni(ent)- (stem of prōveniēns, present participle of prōvenīre to come forth, arise) + -ence. See provenance Unabridged
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Examples from the web for provenience
  • Label artifacts with the state site number and their provenience.
  • The accurate map and grid are necessary to maintain artifact provenience, and to take measurements and map features.
  • See maps displaying the provenience of human remains in both published notices and culturally unidentifiable inventories.
  • provenience also affects issues of legal ownership and issues of disposal pursuant to federal or state law.
British Dictionary definitions for provenience


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 provenience

1881, a Latinization of provenance, or else from Latin provenientem (nominative proveniens), present participle of provenire "come forth" (see provenance). "Preferred to PROVENANCE by those who object to the French form of the latter" [OED].

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