What does Provenance mean?

Definitions for Provenance
ˈprɒv ə nəns, -ˌnɑnsProve·nance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, provenience(noun)

    where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence

    "the birthplace of civilization"


  1. provenance(Noun)

    Place or source of origin.

    Many supermarkets display the provenance of their food products.

  2. provenance(Noun)

    The place and time of origin of some artifact or other object. See Usage note below.

    This spear is of Viking provenance.

  3. provenance(Noun)

    The history of ownership of a work of art

    The picture is of royal provenance.

  4. provenance(Noun)

    The copy history of a piece of data, or the intermediate pieces of data utilized to compute a final data element, as in a database record or web site (data provenance)

  5. provenance(Noun)

    The execution history of computer processes which were utilized to compute a final piece of data (process provenance)

  6. provenance(Noun)

    (of a person) Background; history; place of origin; ancestry.

  7. Origin: From provenance, from provenant, present participle of provenir, from provenio


  1. Provenance

    Provenance, from the French provenir, "to come from", refers to the chronology of the ownership, custody or location of a historical object. The term was originally mostly used in relation to works of art, but is now used in similar senses in a wide range of fields, including archaeology, paleontology, archives, manuscripts, printed books, and science and computing. The primary purpose of tracing the provenance of an object or entity is normally to provide contextual and circumstantial evidence for its original production or discovery, by establishing, as far as practicable, its later history, especially the sequences of its formal ownership, custody, and places of storage. The practice has a particular value in helping authenticate objects. Comparative techniques, expert opinions, and the results of scientific tests may also be used to these ends, but establishing provenance is essentially a matter of documentation. In archaeology, the term provenience is used in related but a subtly different sense to provenance. Archaeological researchers use provenience to refer to the three-dimensional location of an artifact or feature within an archaeological site, whereas provenance covers an object's complete documented history. Provenience can be used more broadly, especially when an artifact was found by a private party and its specific position not recorded. Any given antiquity may therefore have both a provenience and a provenance. In rare cases, e.g. known artisanship or original ownership, an antiquity's provenance may include facts that predate its entry into the archaeological record, as well as those relating to its history after rediscovery.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Provenance

    prov′e-nans, n. the source from which anything comes or is derived.—Also Provē′nience. [Fr.,—L. pro, forth, venīre, to come.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Provenance


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Provenance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Provenance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Provenance in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Houston:

    By definition, an object without clear provenance or place of origin opens room for doubt.

  2. Matthieu Lamoure:

    [It is] both a work of art and the queen of speed, [It] represents the elixir of the exceptional: beauty, rarity, racing success, history, authenticity and provenance.

  3. Arstein Justnes:

    They should tell us where they bought them and show their papers, the physical tests are super sexy and what the public wants to know, but without an object's provenance, it is just unethical. And it helps the illicit market.

  4. Charles Hanson:

    This cigarette case in its own right is a wonderful object but its provenance sends its importance soaring to titanic heights, the sinking of the Titanic has fascinated the world for more than 100 years and such was the Duff-Gordons’ impact on events their roles are played in 1997 movie ‘Titanic’.

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