- dry food for livestock, as hay, corn, oats, etc.; fodder
- Informal provisions; food
Origin of provenderMiddle English ; from Middle French provendre, variant, variety of provende ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin praebenda: see prebend
- Dry food, such as hay, used as feed for livestock.
- Food or provisions.
Origin of provenderMiddle English provendre, from Old French, alteration of provende, from Vulgar Latin *prōvenda, alteration (influenced by Latin prōvidēre, to provide) of Late Latin praebenda; see prebend.
(usually uncountable, plural provenders)
From Middle English provendre, from Old French provendre, var. of provende (â€œallowance, provisionâ€), from Late Latin praebenda (â€œa payment, in Medieval Latin also an allowance of food and drink, pittance, also a prebendâ€); see prebend.