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ˈspɛn sərspencer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Spencer, Herbert Spencernoun

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


  1. Spencernoun

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

  2. Spencernoun

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

  3. spencernoun

    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. spencernoun

    A thin knitted woollen vest.

  5. spencernoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spencernoun

    one who has the care of the spence, or buttery

  2. Spencernoun

    a short jacket worn by men and by women

  3. Spencernoun

    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]

  4. 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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Spencer is ranked #199 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Spencer surname appeared 139,951 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 47 would have the surname Spencer.

    69.4% or 97,140 total occurrences were White.
    23.2% or 32,497 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 3,737 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 3,471 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 2,057 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 1,064 total occurrences were Asian.

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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. Brian Kemp:

    Rep. Spencer's words and behavior are hurtful, insensitive, and completely unacceptable. At the very least, he should issue a public apology for this shameful incident.

  2. 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.

  3. Greer Grammer:

    Greer is really independent in terms of her approach to things, and she’s pretty self-contained. So she’s great. But also my daughter Spencer, same thing… They make their living as actors.

  4. Anthony Sadler:

    I begin to tie him up with help from Chris, another passenger, i notice a man had his throat cut at which (time) Spencer begins to apply pressure to the neck wound before he bled out.

  5. Mark Esper:

    We learned that several days prior, Secretary Spencer had proposed a deal whereby if the President allowed the Navy to handle the case, he would guarantee that Eddie Gallagher would be restored to rank, allowed to retain his Trident and permitted to retire.

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