spence

spence

[spens]

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English spense, spence < Middle French despense pantry < Medieval Latin dīspēnsa, noun use of feminine of dīspēnsus, past participle of dīspendere to weigh out; see dispense

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Spence

[spens]
noun
a male given name, form of Spencer.
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spence (spɛns)
 
n
dialect
 a.  a larder or pantry
 b.  any monetary allowance
 c.  a parlour, esp in a cottage
 
[C14: from Old French despense, from Latin dispendere to distribute; see dispense]

Spence (spɛns)
 
n
Sir Basil (Unwin). 1907--76, Scottish architect, born in India; designed Coventry Cathedral (1951)

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