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Spence \Spence\, n. [OF. despense, F. d['e]pense, buffet, buttery, fr. OF. despendre to spend, distribute, L. dispendere, dispensum. See Dispense, Spend.]

  1. A place where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry.

    In . . . his spence, or ``pantry'' were hung the carcasses of a sheep or ewe, and two cows lately slaughtered.
    --Sir W. Scott.

    Bluff Harry broke into the spence, And turned the cowls adrift.

  2. The inner apartment of a country house; also, the place where the family sit and eat. [Scot.]


n. (context dated English) A buttery or pantry


Spence may refer to:

  • Spence, Australian Capital Territory, a suburb of Canberra, Australia
  • Spence, Ontario, a ghost town in Ontario, Canada
  • Spence, California, an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California, United States
  • Allowance (money), or "pocket money"
  • Spence School, a day school for girls in New York City
  • Spence (surname), people with the surname Spence
  • Spences Reefs, Tasmania, Australia
  • HMS Spence, the name of two ships of the Royal Navy
  • Spence (mine), a large copper mine in Chile
  • Spence Kovak, a fictional character
Spence (surname)

Spence is a surname. Notable persons with that surname include:

  • Basil Spence, British architect
  • Brent Spence, American Congressman, attorney, and banker
  • Catherine Helen Spence, Australian reformer and suffragette
  • Charles Spence, experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford
  • E. Lee Spence, author, editor, adventurer
  • Fiona Spence, British-Australian actress
  • Floyd Spence, American politician
  • George Spence (politician) (1880–1975), Canadian provincial and federal politician
  • George Spence (footballer) (born 1877), Scottish footballer
  • Gerry Spence, American trial lawyer
  • Joe Spence (footballer born 1898), English football player for Manchester United in the 1920s
  • Joe Spence (footballer born 1925), English football player for York City in the 1950s
  • John Brodie Spence, South Australian banker and politician, brother of Catherine Helen Spence
  • John S. Spence, American Senator from Maryland
  • John Selby Spence (Catholic bishop), American Catholic bishop
  • John Spence (politician), British Conservative MP 1970-1986
  • John Spence (musician), founding member of the band No Doubt
  • Jonathan Spence, English historian
  • Joseph Spence (author), English anecdotist
  • Joseph Spence (musician), Bahamian guitarist and blues musician
  • Julian Spence (1929–1990), American football player
  • Kenneth Spence, a prominent American psychologist
  • Lansford Spence, Jamaican sprinter
  • Lee Spence, pioneer American underwater archaeologist
  • Lewis Spence, journalist and writer
  • Louie Spence, British dancer
  • Michael Spence, American economist
  • Nicky Spence, Scottish Opera Star
  • Phil Spence, American basketball player and coach
  • Russell Spence, English race car driver
  • Sam Spence (born 1927), American composer/musician
  • Shaun Spence (born 1991), Australian Rugby League player
  • Skip Spence, musician
  • Steve Spence, American long-distance runner
  • Thomas Spence, Radical democrat
  • Toby Spence, (born 1969) English tenor
  • Vivienne Spence, Jamaican track and field athlete
  • William Spence, Australian trade union leader and politician
  • Wishart Spence, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada


Usage examples of "spence".

With her cousin Miriam she could sympathize in a way impossible to Spence, who, by-the-bye, somewhat misrepresented his wife in the account he gave to Mallard of their Sunday experiences.

They had kept to their own quarters until, a few minutes before the departure for the Metronome, Spence and William had gone into the hall, assisted the gentlemen into their overcoats, given them their hats and gloves and seen them into their cars.

Spence seemed to have said all that he was going to say, but Millen moved uneasily.

On her death in 1887 I wrote a quatrain for her memorial, and which those who knew her considered appropriate-- HELEN BRODIE SPENCE Born at Whittingham, Scotland, 1791.

Before this was all over, Spence was going to meet this Slattery, this king of the underworld, face to face.

She realized if it meant Slattery going free or something happening to Spence, she would choose the former.

Spence was deliberately trying to distract her from the threat they both knew Slattery held over their heads.

He wanted Slattery to see the gun, to know Spence had come to kill him.

Ben and three other men followed Spence into the room, each training their revolvers on Slattery, who held Torrie in front of him like a shield.

At length two persons, Spence and Carstares, being put to the torture, gave evidence which involved the earl of Tarras and some others, who, in order to save themselves, were reduced to accuse Baillie.

Spence, a very enterprising gentleman, imbued with the spirit of improvement, which will soon be brought into the same condition, notwithstanding its unforbidding appearance.

A smattering of theosophical lore, and a fondness for the speculations of such writers as Colonel Churchward and Lewis Spence concerning lost continents and primal forgotten civilisations, made Reynolds especially alert toward any aeonian relic like the unknown mummy.

Spence succeeded in transporting a live specimen to London Zoo, where it became the subject of further research and was given the names pelagobatrachus hookeri, salamandrops maritimus, abranchus giganteus, amphiuma gigas and many others.

Hence it is easily seen that neither to Wilton in general nor to Celestina in particular was Willie Spence a trial.

And also simultaneous the outbreak of the class into cachinnations of delight, severely repressed by the perplexed but indignant Miss Spence.