Spence (?), n. [OF. despense, F. d'epense, buffet, buttery, fr. OF. despendre to spend, distribute, L. dispendere, dispensum. See Dispense, Spend.]

1.

A place where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry.

<-- Chiefly Brit. dial. [MW10] -->

In . . . his spence, or "pantry" were hung the carcasses of a sheep or ewe, and two cows lately slaughtered. Sir W. Scott.

Bluff Harry broke into the spence, And turned the cowls adrift. Tennyson.

2.

The inner apartment of a country house; also, the place where the family sit and eat.

[Scot.]

Jamieson.

 

© Webster 1913.

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