trencher

[tren-cher]
noun
1.
a person or thing that digs trenches.
2.
ditchdigger ( def 3 ).
3.
a rectangular or circular flat piece of wood on which meat, or other food, is served or carved.
4.
such a piece of wood and the food on it.
5.
Archaic. food; the pleasures of good eating.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English trenchour something to cut with or on < Anglo-French; Middle French trencheoir. See trench, -ory2

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trencher1 (ˈtrɛntʃə)
 
n
1.  (esp formerly) a wooden board on which food was served or cut
2.  another name for mortarboard Also called: trencher cap
 
[C14 trenchour knife, plate for carving on, from Old French trencheoir, from trenchier to cut; see trench]

trencher2 (ˈtrɛntʃə)
 
n
a person or thing that digs trenches

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trencher
c.1308, "wooden platter on which to cut meat," from Anglo-Fr. trenchour, from O.N.Fr. trencheor "a trencher," lit. "a cutting place," from O.Fr. trenchier "to cut" (see trench).
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trencher

originally a thick slice of bread, used as a primitive form of plate for eating and for slicing meat (hence its derivation from "trancher"-to cut, or carve), but by the 14th century a square or circular wooden plate of rough workmanship. There was usually a small cavity for salt in the rim of the wooden plate, and sometimes the main section was so formed that it could be turned over and the other side used for a second course

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Example sentences
They were transporting the trencher on a flatbed truck, which couldn't make the steep grade.
Ice slots can be cut using chain saws, handsaws, ice augers or some form of trencher.
At that time two people usually ate from one trencher, a wooden plate with a hollowed-out center, about twelve inches square.
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