Definition of provender in English:


Syllabification: prov·en·der
Pronunciation: /ˈprävəndər


often • humorous
  • 1Food.
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    • The children refuse all human food until they are given newly shelled beans, upon which provender they subsist until they learn to eat bread.
    • We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
    • As the rocket and purslane disappeared, I began to forage Greenmarket for fall provender.
  • 1.1 dated Animal fodder.
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    • Current costs consisted of provender, i.e. fodder and bedding, the pay of the workers who looked after the horses, and shoeing.
    • Running carrier services efficiently involved considerable expenditure on horses together with their equipment and provender.
    • The owner attached some provender to a rod, and suspended it over the animal's head. The animal, seeing these viands almost within reach, stepped gayly forward to consume them.


Middle English: from Old French provendre, based on an alteration of Latin praebenda 'things to be supplied' (see prebend).

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