provenance
noun Etymology: French, from provenir to come forth, originate, from Latin provenire, from pro- forth + venire to come — more at pro-, come Date: 1785 1. origin, source 2. the history of ownership of a valued object or work of art or literature

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  • provenance — [ prɔv(ə)nɑ̃s ] n. f. • prouvenanche « cause » 1294; repris 1801; de provenant, p. prés. de provenir ♦ (1828) Endroit d où vient ou provient une chose, une personne. J ignore la provenance de cette lettre. En provenance de... Avion, train,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Provenance — Prov e*nance, n. [F., fr. provenir to originate, to come forth, L. provenire. Cf. {Provenience}.] Origin; source; provenience. Their age attested by their provenance and associations. A. H. Keane. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provenance — (n.) 1785, from Fr. provenance origin, production, from provenant, prp. of M.Fr. provenir come forth, arise, from L. provenire come forth, organize, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + venire come (see VENUE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • provenance — provenance, provenience Provenance (pronounced with the stress on the first syllable) is the BrE word, and provenience (pronounced pro vee ni ǝns) its AmE equivalent, meaning ‘place of origin of a manuscript, work of art, etc.’ and in more… …   Modern English usage

  • provenance — index birth (lineage), derivation, genesis, origination, source Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • provenance — provenance, provenience *origin, source, inception, root, prime mover Analogous words: beginning, commencement, starting (see corresponding verbs at BEGIN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • provenance — ► NOUN 1) the origin or earliest known history of something. 2) a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique. ORIGIN French, from Latin provenire come from …   English terms dictionary

  • provenance — [präv′ə nəns] n. [Fr < provenir < L provenire, to come forth < pro , forth + venire, to COME] origin; derivation; source …   English World dictionary

  • Provenance — For other uses, see Provenance (disambiguation). Diana and Actaeon by Titian has a full provenance covering its passage through several owners and four countries since it was painted for Philip II of Spain in the 1550s. Provenance, from the… …   Wikipedia

  • provenance — prov|e|nance [ˈprɔvənəns US ˈpra: ] n [U] [Date: 1700 1800; : French; Origin: provenir to come out, originate ] formal the place where something originally came from ▪ The provenance of the paintings is unknown. (of) dubious/doubtful provenance ( …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • provenance — [[t]prɒ̱vɪnəns[/t]] provenances N VAR: usu with poss The provenance of something is the place that it comes from or that it originally came from. [FORMAL] Kato was fully aware of the provenance of these treasures... He had no idea of its… …   English dictionary

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