meaning of appanage

appanage meaning in General Dictionary

The part of land assigned by a sovereign prince the subsistence of their more youthful sons

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  • any customary and rightful perquisite appropriate to your station in life
  • a grant (by a sovereign or a legislative human body) of sources to keep a dependent person in a ruling family
  • The portion of land assigned by a sovereign prince for the subsistence of his young sons.
  • A dependency; a dependent area.
  • what belongs to at least one by custom or right; an all-natural adjunct or accompaniment.

appanage meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from French apanage (13c.), from apaner "to endow with way of subsistence," from Medieval Latin appanare "equip with loaves of bread," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + panis "bread" (see meals). Originally, provisions made for younger kids of royalty. The dual -p- restored in French 15c.-16c., in English 17c.


appanage meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The part of land assigned by a sovereign prince for the subsistence of his young sons.

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  • (letter.) A dependency; a dependent territory.
  • (n.) That which belongs to at least one by custom or right; a natural adjunct or accompaniment.

Sentence Examples with the word appanage

Formerly an appanage of the earldom of Ross, Gairloch has belonged to the Mackenzies since the end of the 15th century.

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