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trencher 1

Syllabification: trench·er
Pronunciation: /ˈtren(t)SHər/

noun

1 historical A wooden plate or platter for food.
Example sentences
  • Then one evening dull, as Stien stood by the large wash bin in the inn scrubbing food from used trenchers, a group of six men Stien had never seen before entered through the thick, wooden door.
  • Anisia placed a trencher of food in front of a customer.
  • He had been hulking behind him the entire time, holding a wooden trencher piled high with protein and fiber.
1.1A thick slice of bread used as a plate or platter.
Example sentences
  • Coarse bread for trenchers (slices used as plates) was made from barley or rye.
  • During the Middle Ages, thick blocks of coarse stale bread called trenchers were used in place of plates.
  • Ever the man at arms, Gianni used his dagger to spear a slice of ham, and a trencher of bread to scoop up his eggs.
2 old-fashioned term for mortarboard (sense 1.
Example sentences
  • Academic dress for certificants is a black trencher cap and an undergraduate gown together with a black stole with a facing of tangerine.
  • On cue, ninety-seven sleeved left arms came up and rotated ninety-seven triangular trencher caps so the longest tip pointed forward.
  • Bachelors - A black gown and trencher cap with a turquoise blue hood lined to a depth of 10 centimetres with the appropriate faculty colour.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French trenchour, from Old French trenchier 'to cut' (see trench).

Words that rhyme with trencher

adventure, bencher, censure, dementia, front-bencher, venture, wencher

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trencher 2 Syllabification: trench·er
Pronunciation: /ˈtren(t)SHər/

noun

A machine or attachment used in digging trenches.
Example sentences
  • The array was as distinctive as varied - right from earthquake detectors, energy efficient stoves, to trenchers, water-harvesting machines, and corn-roasters.
  • Contractors in underground construction find the backhoe attachment for a trencher practical.
  • Its most popular segmented tire is used for grading and excavation work mounted on skid-steer loaders, backhoe loaders, tool carriers, wheel loaders, or trenchers.

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