appanage

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noun ap·pa·nage \ˈa-pə-nij\
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Definition of appanage

  1. 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 vassalb :  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

Origin and Etymology 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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