trencher

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtrɛntʃə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(trenchər)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
trench•er  (trenchər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person or thing that digs trenches.
  2. Mechanical Engineeringditchdigger (def. 3).
  3. a rectangular or circular flat piece of wood on which meat, or other food, is served or carved.
  4. such a piece of wood and the food on it.
  5. [Archaic.]food;
    the pleasures of good eating.
  • Anglo-French; Middle French trencheoir. See trench, -ory2
  • Middle English trenchour something to cut with or on 1275–1325

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
trencher /ˈtrɛntʃə/ n
  1. (esp formerly) a wooden board on which food was served or cut
  2. Also called: trencher cap
    another name for mortarboard
Etymology: 14th Century trenchour knife, plate for carving on, from Old French trencheoir, from trenchier to cut; see trench
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