from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Place of origin; derivation.
- n. The history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated. Used of artworks, antiques, and books.
- n. The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Place or source of origin.
- n. The place and time of origin of some artifact or other object. See Usage note below.
- n. The history of ownership of a work of art
- n. The copy history of a piece of data, or the intermediate pieces of data utilized to compute a final data element, as in a database record or web site (data provenance)
- n. The execution history of computer processes which were utilized to compute a final piece of data (process provenance)
- n. Background; history; place of origin; ancestry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Origin; source; provenience.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Origin; source or quarter from which anything comes; provenience: especially in the sense of ‘place of manufacture, production, or discovery.’
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
French, from provenant, present participle of provenir, to originate, from Old French, from Latin prōvenīre : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French provenance ("origin"), from Middle French provenant, present participle of provenir ("come forth, arise"), from Latin provenio ("to come forth"). (Wiktionary)