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Meaning of spencer

spen•cer

Pronunciation: (spen'sur), [key]
— n.
  1. a short, close-fitting jacket, frequently trimmed with fur, worn in the 19th century by women and children.
  2. a man's close-fitting jacket, having a collar and lapels and reaching just below the waist, worn in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  3. an English wig of the 18th century.

spen•cer

Pronunciation: (spen'sur), [key]
— n. Naut.
  1. a large gaff sail used abaft a square-rigged foremast or abaft the mainmast of a ship or bark.

Spen•cer

Pronunciation: (spen'sur), [key]
— n.
  1. 1674–1722, British statesman: prime minister 1718–21.
  2. 1820–1903, English philosopher.
  3. 1800–64, U.S. calligrapher and teacher of penmanship.
  4. a town in NW Iowa. 11,726.
  5. a town in central Massachusetts. 10,774.
  6. a male given name.

Spen•cer

Pronunciation: (spen'sur), [key]
— n. Mil.
  1. a .52 caliber, lever-action repeating rifle and carbine patented in the U.S. in 1860 and used by the Union army and navy in the Civil War.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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