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“… was mainly the provenance of ale wives …”

meanings of provenance


  1. 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).
  2. The history of ownership of a work of art.
  3. The execution history of computer processes which were utilized to compute a final piece of data (process provenance).
  4. Place or source of origin.
  5. Background; history; place of origin.
  6. The place and time of origin of some artifact or other object. See Usage note below.


  1. To establish the provenance of something.