Main meanings of spencer in English

: spencer1spencer2

spencer1

Pronunciation /ˈspɛnsə/

noun

  • 1A short, close-fitting jacket, worn by women and children in the early 19th century.

    ‘‘Of course,’ he mumbled, hesitating a moment before easing Amanda's arms out of her spencer, while the woman removed her shoes and stockings.’
    • ‘Miss Howitt's dress was in the height of fashion; blue silk spencer over a white round dress with several flounces at the hem, complemented by a yellow paisley shawl draped over her shoulders.’
    1. 1.1A thin woollen vest, worn by women for extra warmth in winter.

Origin

Probably named after the second Earl Spencer (1758–1834), English politician.

Main meanings of spencer in English

: spencer1spencer2

spencer2

Pronunciation /ˈspɛnsə/

noun

Sailing
  • A trysail.

Origin

Mid 19th century of unknown origin.