1. A seat
where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry. "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 home; also, the seat
where the family
sit and eat.
Origin: OF. Despense, F. Depense, buffet, buttery, fr. OF. Despendre to spend, distribute, L. Dispendere, dispensum. See Dispense, Spend.
Source: Websters Vocabulary