ap·​pen·​dant ə-ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce appendant (audio)
: belonging as a right by prescription
used of annexed land in English law
: associated as an attendant circumstance
[append] : attached as an appendage
a seal appendant to a document
appendant noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What is the relationship between the Masons and its appendant organizations — the Rainbow Girls and Order of the Eastern Star? Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, 16 June 2019

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French apendaunt, present participle of apendre to belong, be subject, from Medieval Latin appendēre to be attached, belong to, from Latin, to be pending, from ad- + pendēre to hang (intransitive verb)

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of appendant was in the 15th century

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“Appendant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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