Spen"cer (?), n. [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.]

One who has the care of the spence, or buttery.


Promptorium Parvulorum.


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Spen"cer, n. [From the third Earl Spencer, who first wore it, or brought it into fashion.]

A short jacket worn by men and by women.

Ld. Lutton.


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Spen"cer, n. Naut.

A fore-and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast, hoisted upon a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast; -- named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England [1802].

Spencer mast, a small mast just abaft the foremast or mainmast, for hoisting the spencer. R. H. Dana, Jr.


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