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Monday, December 04, 2000

Definitions for provenance

  1. Origin; source.

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Citations for provenance
In a world awash in information of dubious provenance, whom can you trust to tell you the truth? Gerald Jonas, New York Times
There may have been as many as one hundred antique statues of Roman provenance in the city at the time of the Fourth Crusade. Patricia Fortini Brown, Venice & Antiquity
Origin of provenance
1860-1865
Provenance comes from French, from provenant, present participle of provenir, "to originate," ultimately from Latin provenire, from pro-, "forth" + venire, "to come."