providence etymology

English word providence comes from Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) providence

Detailed word origin of providence

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
providence Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
providence Anglo-Norman (xno)
providence English (eng) (now, _, rare) Preparation for the future; good governance, foresight. [from 14th c.]. A manifestation of divine care or direction; an instance of divine intervention. [from 16th c.]. Specifically, the prudent care and management of resources; thriftiness, frugality. [from 17th c.]. The careful governance and guidance of god (or another deity, nature etc.). [from 14th c.].