Trencher cap
Trencher Trench"er, n. [OE. trencheoir, F. tranchoir, fr. trancher to cut, carve. See {Trench}, v. t.] 1. One who trenches; esp., one who cuts or digs ditches. [1913 Webster]

2. A large wooden plate or platter, as for table use. [1913 Webster]

3. The table; hence, the pleasures of the table; food. [1913 Webster]

It could be no ordinary declension of nature that could bring some men, after an ingenuous education, to place their ``summum bonum'' upon their trenchers. --South. [1913 Webster]

{Trencher cap}, the cap worn by studens at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, having a stiff, flat, square appendage at top. A similar cap used in the United States is called {Oxford cap}, {mortar board}, etc.

{Trencher fly}, a person who haunts the tables of others; a parasite. [R.] --L'Estrange.

{Trencher friend}, one who frequents the tables of others; a sponger.

{Trencher mate}, a table companion; a parasite; a trencher fly. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]


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  • trencher cap — noun see trencher I, 1c * * * trencher cap noun A college cap, mortarboard • • • Main Entry: ↑trencher * * * trencher cap, = mortarboard (def. 2). (Cf. ↑mortarboard) ╂[< …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Trencher — Trench er, n. [OE. trencheoir, F. tranchoir, fr. trancher to cut, carve. See {Trench}, v. t.] 1. One who trenches; esp., one who cuts or digs ditches. [1913 Webster] 2. A large wooden plate or platter, as for table use. [1913 Webster] 3. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trencher fly — Trencher Trench er, n. [OE. trencheoir, F. tranchoir, fr. trancher to cut, carve. See {Trench}, v. t.] 1. One who trenches; esp., one who cuts or digs ditches. [1913 Webster] 2. A large wooden plate or platter, as for table use. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trencher friend — Trencher Trench er, n. [OE. trencheoir, F. tranchoir, fr. trancher to cut, carve. See {Trench}, v. t.] 1. One who trenches; esp., one who cuts or digs ditches. [1913 Webster] 2. A large wooden plate or platter, as for table use. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trencher mate — Trencher Trench er, n. [OE. trencheoir, F. tranchoir, fr. trancher to cut, carve. See {Trench}, v. t.] 1. One who trenches; esp., one who cuts or digs ditches. [1913 Webster] 2. A large wooden plate or platter, as for table use. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trencher — may refer to: * Trencher (comics), a comic book series * Trencher (machine), a digging machine * Trencher (tableware), a place setting item * Trencher cap, a square academic cap * Trencher (band), a London based Casio core band …   Wikipedia

  • trencher — n. 1 hist. a wooden or earthenware platter for serving food. 2 (in full trencher cap) a stiff square academic cap; a mortarboard. Etymology: ME f. AF trenchour, OF trencheoir f. trenchier: see TRENCH …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oxford cap — Trencher Trench er, n. [OE. trencheoir, F. tranchoir, fr. trancher to cut, carve. See {Trench}, v. t.] 1. One who trenches; esp., one who cuts or digs ditches. [1913 Webster] 2. A large wooden plate or platter, as for table use. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • college cap — A mortarboard or trencher cap • • • Main Entry: ↑cap …   Useful english dictionary

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