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ˈspɛn sərSpencer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Spencer, Herbert Spencer(noun)

    English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)


  1. Spencer(ProperNoun)

    from someone who worked in a spense (larder of medieval monastery).

  2. Spencer(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surname, in regular use since the nineteenth century.

  3. spencer(Noun)

    A short, close-fitting jacket primarily worn by women and children in the early nineteenth century; probably named after George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834).

  4. spencer(Noun)

    A thin knitted woollen vest.

  5. spencer(Noun)

    A large loose-fitted gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque, used from the nineteenth century onwards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spencer(noun)

    one who has the care of the spence, or buttery

    Etymology: [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.]

  2. Spencer(noun)

    a short jacket worn by men and by women

    Etymology: [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.]

  3. Spencer(noun)

    a fore-and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast, hoisted upon a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast; -- named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England [1802]

    Etymology: [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.]


  1. Spencer

    Spencer is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 11,688 at the 2010 census. For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Spencer, please see the article Spencer, Massachusetts.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spencer

    spens′ėr, n. a short over-jacket worn by men or women, named after Earl Spencer (1782-1845).

  2. Spencer

    spens′ėr, n. (in ships and barques) a fore-and-aft sail abaft the fore and main masts.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. spencer

    The fore-and-main trysails; fore-and-aft sails set with gaffs, introduced instead of main-topmast and mizen staysails.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Spencer

    A short overjacket introduced by the Earl of Spencer. This nobleman made a wager that he would set a new fashion by appearing abroad in any style of garment, however hideous it might be. He won his bet, for “Spencers” became popular.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spencer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spencer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Spencer in a Sentence

  1. Mark Esper:

    I am deeply troubled by this conduct shown by a senior DOD official, unfortunately, as a result I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in Secretary Spencer position. I wish Secretary Spencer well.

  2. Travis Wall:

    So Lara Spencer just called me on my cell phone, Lara Spencer got my number from Debbie Allen, and Lara Spencer is completely horrified and just truly just issued this massive apology.

  3. Jameel Ahmad:

    One of the drivers behind the change in dynamics that has resulted in OPEC losing influence over the oil industry is the emergence of the capability of outsiders to produce oil, none have been more prominent in this arena in recent years than Spencer Welch.

  4. Octavia Spencer:

    ' Octavia, we’re gon na get you paid on this film.' Octavia Spencer said Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain reached out to Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain for a new comedy film. ( Reuters) [ Chastain ] said,' You and I are gon na be tied together. We’re gon na be favored nations, and we’re gon na make the same thing, you are going to make that amount, ’ fast-forward to last week, we’re making five times what we asked for.

  5. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson:

    Our community has been anxiously awaiting the return of our three hometown heroes – Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone – so that we can celebrate and honor their incredible courage.

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