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1. Place of origin; derivation.
a. The history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated. Used of artworks, antiques, and books.
b. The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.
1. (Art Terms) a place of origin, esp that of a work of art or archaeological specimen
2. (Archaeology) a place of origin, esp that of a work of art or archaeological specimen
[C19: from French, from provenir, from Latin prōvenīre to originate, from venīre to come]
prov•e•nance(ˈprɒv ə nəns, -ˌnɑns)
place or source of origin: a manuscript of unknown provenance.
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|Noun||1.||provenance - where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence; "the birthplace of civilization"|