What does the word trencher mean?

Usage examples for trencher

  1. The girl hastily took up the trencher, smoothed down her hair with her other hand, and as she approached the men, coloring slightly, Publius feasted his eyes on her in surprise and admiration. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Laying our trencher- caps on the water, we used them, as of old, for trenchers, and made an excellent meal. – HE by Andrew Lang
  3. On the present occasion the worthy Van Kortlandt was observed to be particularly zealous in his devotions to the trencher; for having the cares of the expedition especially committed to his care he deemed it incumbent on him to eat profoundly for the public good. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving