American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A trysail.
- n. A short double-breasted overcoat worn by men in the early 19th century.
- n. A close-fitting, waist-length jacket worn by women.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man's outer garment or overcoat so short that the skirts of the body-coat worn under it were seen: a fashion introduced about 1800.
- n. A woman's garment introduced a year or two later, and made in direct imitation of the above. It also was short, and formed a kind of over-jacket, reaching a little below the waist.
- n. Nautical, a trapezoidal fore-and-aft sail set abaft the foremast and mainmast; a trysail.
- n. 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).
- n. A thin knitted woollen vest.
- n. A large loose-fitted gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque, used from the nineteenth century onwards.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete One who has the care of the spence, or buttery.
- n. A short jacket worn by men and by women.
- n. (Naut.) 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 .
- n. English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)
- From the family name Spencer. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from the name Spencer.After George John Spencer, Second Earl Spencer (1758-1834). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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