- the collection or requisition of provisions for a sovereign
- rare the act of purveying
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- the act of purveying.
- something that is purveyed, as provisions.
- Law[Eng. Law.]a prerogative of the crown, abolished in 1660, allowing provisions, supplies, or services for the sovereign or the royal household to be purchased or acquired at an appraised value.
purvey + -ance;
replacing Middle English purvea(u)nce, purvya(u)nce