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spence

[spens] /spɛns/
noun, British Dialect
1.
a pantry.
Origin of spence
1350-1400
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

Spence

[spens] /spɛns/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Spencer.
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  • Had he dreamed that conversation between spence and Burgess on the pavilion steps?

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • Mr. spence visited Rome while Charles Edward was yet in his cradle.

  • Mr. spence bent forward in acknowledgement of the quotation.

    A Romantic Young Lady Robert Grant
  • Bluff Harry broke into the spence And turn'd the cowls adrift.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Doctor spence, when he paid his visit later in the day, found him thus, and eyed him curiously.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
British Dictionary definitions for spence

spence

/spɛns/
noun
1.
(dialect)
  1. a larder or pantry
  2. any monetary allowance
  3. a parlour, esp in a cottage
Word Origin
C14: from Old French despense, from Latin dispendere to distribute; see dispense

Spence

/spɛns/
noun
1.
Sir Basil (Unwin). 1907–76, Scottish architect, born in India; designed Coventry Cathedral (1951)
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