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1. Definition

Today provisioning means “providing consumer groups with food and drink in certain institutions, e.g. businesses, hospitals, retirement homes, barracks, playschools, and schools,” as well as certain forms of off-site catering [1]. The English sense of “providing food” goes back to the 16th century; the German equivalent (Gemeinschaftsverpflegung) is a 20th-century coinage; the 1897 edition of the Grimms’ dictionary does not mention it. 

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Krug-Richter, Barbara, “Provisioning”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019834>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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