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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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