ap·​pa·​nage ˈa-pə-nij How to pronounce appanage (audio)
variants or less commonly apanage
: 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
: a property or privilege appropriated to or by a person as something due
: a rightful endowment or adjunct

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
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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of appanage was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Appanage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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ap·​pa·​nage ˈap-ə-nij How to pronounce appanage (audio)
: a grant (as of land) made by a ruler to a member of the royal family
: a customary right or privilege

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