Definition of provenance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprɒvənəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːvənəns//
[uncountable, countable] (specialist)
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the place that something originally came from synonym origin All the furniture is of English provenance. There's no proof about the provenance of the painting (= whether it is genuine or not). Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French, from the verb provenir ‘come or stem from’, from Latin provenire, from pro- ‘forth’ + venire ‘come’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: provenance