provender definition by Webster's New World
- dry food for livestock, as hay, corn, oats, etc.; fodder
- Informal provisions; food
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French provendre, variant, variety of provende ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin praebenda: see prebend
provender definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Dry food, such as hay, used as feed for livestock.
- Food or provisions.
Origin: Middle 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.