Spence Spence, n. [OF. despense, F. d['e]pense, buffet, buttery, fr. OF. despendre to spend, distribute, L. dispendere, dispensum. See {Dispense}, {Spend}.] 1. A place where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry. [1913 Webster]

In . . . his spence, or ``pantry'' were hung the carcasses of a sheep or ewe, and two cows lately slaughtered. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Bluff Harry broke into the spence, And turned the cowls adrift. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. The inner apartment of a country house; also, the place where the family sit and eat. [Scot.] --Jamieson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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