from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wooden board or platter on which food is carved or served.
- n. Archaic The pleasure of the table; food.
- n. One that digs trenches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long plate on which food is served and\or cut.
- n. One who trenches; especially, one who cuts or digs ditches.
- n. A machine for digging trenches.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who trenches; esp., one who cuts or digs ditches.
- n. A large wooden plate or platter, as for table use.
- n. The table; hence, the pleasures of the table; food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who carves at table; also, one who carves at a side-fable for the company.
- n. One who cuts or digs trenches; a trench-digger or -maker.
- n. A wooden plate or platter (originally a square piece of board or slice of wood) for the table or the kitchen.
- n. A slice of bread used as a platter to lay food upon, as thin cakes of bread still are in some countries.
- n. That which trenchers contain; food; hence, the pleasures of the table: often used attributively.
- n. Same as trencher-cap.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wooden board or platter on which food is served or carved
- n. someone who digs trenches
Middle English trenchur, from Anglo-Norman trenchour, from trencher, to cut, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *trincāre; see trench.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English < Anglo-Norman trenchour < Old Northern French trencheor (French tranchoir), from trenchier ("to cut, to carve"). See trench (verb). (Wiktionary)