appanage definition by Webster's New World
- money, land, etc. granted by a monarch for the support of his younger children
- a person's rightful extra gain; perquisite
- an accompanying endowment; adjunct
Origin: French apanage ; from Midieval Latin appanagium ; from appanare, equip, literally , provide with bread ; from Classical Latin ad-, to plush panis, bread: see food
appanage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A source of revenue, such as land, given by a sovereign for the maintenance of a member of the ruling family.
- Something extra offered to or claimed by a party as due; a perquisite: The leaders of the opposition party agreed to accept another government's appanages, and in doing so became an officially paid agency of a foreign power.
- A rightful or customary accompaniment or adjunct.
Origin: French apanage, from Old French, from apaner, to make provisions for, possibly from Medieval Latin appānāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin pānis, bread; see pā- in Indo-European roots.