- Provenance is defined as the place where something originally came or began, or a record tracing the ownership history of certain items that helps to confirm their authenticity and value.
- When a rug is woven in India, this is an example of a time when the provenance is India.
- When a piece of art can be traced back in history as first having been owned by a King and then by two collectors, this history of the owners is an example of the provenance of the art.
provenance definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from provenir ; from Classical Latin provenire, to come forth ; from pro-, forth plush venire, to come
provenance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Place of origin; derivation.
- a. The history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated. Used of artworks, antiques, and books.b. The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.
Origin: French, from provenant, present participle of provenir, to originate, from Old French, from Latin prōvenīre : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.