There are 2 main definitions of spencer in English:

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spencer 1

Pronunciation: /ˈspensər/

noun

1A short, close-fitting jacket, worn by women and children in the early 19th century.
Example sentences
  • ‘Of course,’ he mumbled, hesitating a moment before easing Amanda's arms out of her spencer, while the woman removed her shoes and stockings.
  • Miss Howitt's dress was in the height of fashion; blue silk spencer over a white round dress with several flounces at the hem, complemented by a yellow paisley shawl draped over her shoulders.
1.1A thin woolen vest worn by women.

Origin

Probably named after the second Earl Spencer (1758–1834), English politician.

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Syllabification: spen·cer

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There are 2 main definitions of spencer in English:

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spencer 2

Pronunciation: /ˈspensər/

noun

Sailing
A boomless gaff sail on a square-rigged ship’s foremast or mainmast (replaced in the mid 19th century by staysails).

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: spen·cer

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