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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for third earl of sunderland

spencer1

/ˈspɛnsə/
noun
1.
a short fitted coat or jacket
2.
a woman's knitted vest
Word Origin
C18: named after Earl Spencer (1758–1834)

spencer2

/ˈspɛnsə/
noun
1.
(nautical) a large loose-footed gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque
Word Origin
C19: perhaps after the surname Spencer

Spencer

/ˈspɛnsə/
noun
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 third earl of sunderland

Spencer

n.

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 late 13c. (earlier le Despenser, c.1200), and means "one who dispenses or has charge of provisions in a household." Middle English spence meant "larder, pantry," and is short for Old French despense (French 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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