Spencer

[spen-ser] /ˈspɛn sər/
noun
1.
Charles, 3rd Earl of Sunderland, 1674–1722, British statesman: prime minister 1718–21.
2.
Herbert, 1820–1903, English philosopher.
3.
Platt Rogers
[plat] /plæt/ (Show IPA),
1800–64, U.S. calligrapher and teacher of penmanship.
4.
a town in NW Iowa.
5.
a town in central Massachusetts.
6.
a male given name.
British Dictionary definitions for spencer, 3rd earl sunderland
spencer1 (ˈspɛnsə)
 
n
1.  a short fitted coat or jacket
2.  a woman's knitted vest
 
[C18: named after Earl Spencer (1758--1834)]

spencer2 (ˈspɛnsə)
 
n
nautical a large loose-footed gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque
 
[C19: perhaps after the surname Spencer]

Spencer (ˈspɛnsə)
 
n
1.  Herbert. 1820--1903, English philosopher, who applied evolutionary theory to the study of society, favouring laissez-faire doctrines
2.  Sir Stanley. 1891--1959, English painter, noted esp for his paintings of Christ in a contemporary English setting

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Word Origin and History for spencer, 3rd earl sunderland
Spencer
type of repeating rifle used in the American Civil War, 1863, named for U.S. gunsmith Christopher Spencer, who, with Luke Wheelock, manufactured them in Boston, Mass. The surname is attested from 1275, earlier le Despenser (1204) and means "one who dispenses or has charge of provisions in a household." M.E. spence meant "larder, pantry," and is aphetic for O.Fr. despense (Fr. dépense) "expense," from despenser "to distribute" (see dispense). Another form of the word is spender, which also has become a surname.
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