Associations to the word «Spencer»

Wiktionary

SPENCER, proper noun. A surname​.
SPENCER, proper noun. A male given name transferred from the surname, in general use since the nineteenth century.
SPENCER, proper noun. A city in Idaho.
SPENCER, proper noun. A town and county seat in Indiana.
SPENCER, proper noun. A city and county seat in Iowa.
SPENCER, proper noun. A town in Massachusetts.
SPENCER, proper noun. A village in Nebraska.
SPENCER, proper noun. A town and village in New York.
SPENCER, proper noun. A town in North Carolina.
SPENCER, proper noun. A village in Ohio.
SPENCER, proper noun. A city in Oklahoma.
SPENCER, proper noun. A city in South Dakota.
SPENCER, proper noun. A town and county seat in Tennessee.
SPENCER, proper noun. A city and county seat in West Virginia.
SPENCER, proper noun. A town and village in Wisconsin.
SPENCER, noun. (now) (historical) A short double-breasted men's overcoat worn in the 18th and 19th centuries.
SPENCER, noun. (now) (historical) A short, close-fitting jacket primarily worn by women and children in the early nineteenth century.
SPENCER, noun. (now) (historical) A (usually woollen) vest worn by women and girls for extra warmth.
SPENCER, noun. A large loose-fitted gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque, used from the nineteenth century onwards.
SPENCER, noun. (archaic) One who has the care of the spence, or buttery.

Dictionary definition

SPENCER, noun. English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903).

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats