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spen·cer 1

 (spĕn′sər)
n.
A trysail.

[Perhaps from the name Spencer.]

spen·cer 2

 (spĕn′sər)
n.
1. A short double-breasted overcoat worn by men in the early 1800s.
2. A close-fitting, waist-length jacket worn by women.

[After George John Spencer, Second Earl Spencer (1758-1834).]

spencer

(ˈspɛnsə)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a short fitted coat or jacket
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a woman's knitted vest
[C18: named after Earl Spencer (1758–1834)]

spencer

(ˈspɛnsə)
n
(Nautical Terms) nautical a large loose-footed gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque
[C19: perhaps after the surname Spencer]

Spencer

(ˈspɛnsə)
n
1. (Biography) Herbert. 1820–1903, English philosopher, who applied evolutionary theory to the study of society, favouring laissez-faire doctrines
2. (Biography) Sir Stanley. 1891–1959, English painter, noted esp for his paintings of Christ in a contemporary English setting

spen•cer1

(ˈspɛn sər)

n.
any of various close-fitting, usu. waist-length jackets worn in the 18th and 19th centuries.
[1790–1800; after German. J. Spencer (1758–1834), English earl]

spen•cer2

(ˈspɛn sər)

n.
a large gaff sail used abaft a square-rigged foremast or the mainmast of a ship or bark.
[1830–40; orig. uncertain]

Spen•cer

(ˈspɛn sər)

n.
Herbert, 1820–1903, English philosopher.
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Earl Spencer's bitterly angry speech at the funeral of his sister, Princess Diana, has opened a feud between two powerful families, the Spencers and the Windsors, that are both frequently described as dysfunctional.
He also promised in the presence of Diana's former husband, Prince Charles, that the Spencers would not allow the couple's children, Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry, 12, to grow up in royal stuffiness but would preserve in them Diana's own free spirit.
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Chad Gallant, Managing Director, Icon Medialab New York, said, "Our goal was to develop a solution that supports Spencer Stuart's online business initiative, Spencer Stuart Talent Network, while capitalizing on the value of the firm's pioneering offline brand.