What does the word trencher mean?

Usage examples for trencher

  1. Laying our trencher- caps on the water, we used them, as of old, for trenchers, and made an excellent meal. – HE by Andrew Lang
  2. 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