- 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 *pr&omacron;venda, alteration (influenced by Latin pr&omacron;vid&emacron;re, to provide) of Late Latin praebenda; see prebend.
(usually uncountable, plural provenders)
From Middle English provendre, from Old French provendre, var. of provende (“allowance, provision"), from Late Latin praebenda (“a payment, in Medieval Latin also an allowance of food and drink, pittance, also a prebend"); see prebend.