pur·​te·​nance ˈpərt-nən(t)s How to pronounce purtenance (audio)

Word History


Middle English portenaunce, literally, appurtenance, from Anglo-French partenance, from partenir to belong — more at pertain

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purtenance was in the 15th century

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“Purtenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purtenance. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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