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provant (comparative more provant, superlative most provant)

  1. (obsolete) Provided for common or general use, as in an army; hence, common in quality; inferior.
    • Ben Jonson
      a poor provant rapier



  1. (obsolete) provender; food
    • c. 1620, anonymous, “Tom o’ Bedlam’s Song” in Giles Earle his Booke (British Museum, Additional MSS. 24, 665):
      When I want prouant wth: Humfrie
      I sup
      , & when benighted,
      I repose in Powles wth: waking soules,
      Yet neuer am affrighted.
      When I lack food, I go
      without it, and when benighted,
      I repose in St. Paul’s (graveyard) with ghosts,
      Yet am never scared.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      One pease was a soldier's provant a whole day.


provant (third-person singular simple present provants, present participle provanting, simple past and past participle provanted)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To supply with provender or provisions; to provide for.
    • 1599, Thomas Nash, Nashe's Lenten Stuffe[1]:
      ...should not only supply her inhabitants with plentiful purveyance of sustenance, but provant and victual moreover this monstrous army of strangers []

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for provant in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




  1. present participle of provar