1. A place where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry. In . . . His spence, or pantry were hung the carcasses of a sheep or ewe, and two cows lately slaughtered. (Sir W. Scott) Bluff Harry broke into the spence, And turned the cowls adrift. (Tennyson)
Origin: OF. Despense, F. Depense, buffet, buttery, fr. OF. Despendre to spend, distribute, L. Dispendere, dispensum. See Dispense, Spend.