Simple Definition of appertain
: to belong to or be connected or related to something
Full Definition of appertain
: to belong or be connected as a rightful part or attribute : pertain
Examples of appertain
the rights and privileges that appertain to marriage
<the doctrine that the swath of land between the Atlantic and the Pacific naturally appertained to the United States>
Origin of appertain
Middle English apperteinen, from Anglo-French apurtenir, from Late Latin appertinēre, from Latin ad- + pertinēre to belong — more at pertain
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with appertain
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