ap·​pa·​nage | \ ˈa-pə-nij How to pronounce appanage (audio) \
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Definition of appanage

1a : 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 : a rightful endowment or adjunct

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Examples of appanage in a Sentence

use of the grounds was just one appanage he bestowed upon the caretakers of his estate wealthy people who believe that political power is their natural appanage

First Known Use of appanage

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of appanage was in 1602

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“Appanage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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