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appanage

noun ap·pa·nage \ˈa-pə-nij\

Definition of appanage

  1. 1 a :  a grant (as of land or revenue) made by a sovereign or a legislative body to a dependent member of the royal family or a principal vassal b :  a property or privilege appropriated to or by a person as something due

  2. 2 :  a rightful endowment or adjunct



Examples of appanage in a sentence

  1. <use of the grounds was just one appanage he bestowed upon the caretakers of his estate>

  2. <wealthy people who believe that political power is their natural appanage>



Variants of appanage

also apanage play \ˈa-pə-nij\

Origin of appanage

French apanage, from Old French, from apaner to provide for a younger offspring, from Medieval Latin appanare, from Latin ad- + panis bread — more at food


First Known Use: 1602


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