Main definitions of spencer in US English:

: spencer1spencer2

spencer1

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. 1.1 A thin woolen vest worn by women.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

spencer

/ˈspɛnsər//ˈspensər/

Main definitions of spencer in US English:

: spencer1spencer2

spencer2

noun

Sailing
  • A boomless gaff sail on a square-rigged ship's foremast or mainmast (replaced in the mid 19th century by staysails).

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

spencer

/ˈspɛnsər//ˈspensər/