- The definition of appertain is to belong as a function or to relate to something.
An example of something that appertains to members of the military is a distinction of honor.
Origin of appertainMiddle English apertenen ; from Old French apertenir ; from Late Latin appertinere ; from ad-, to + pertinere: see pertain
intransitive verbap·per·tained, ap·per·tain·ing, ap·per·tains
Origin of appertainMiddle English appertenen, from Old French apartenir, from Vulgar Latin *appartenēre, from Late Latin appertinēre : ad-, ad- + pertinēre, to belong; see pertain.
(third-person singular simple present appertains, present participle appertaining, simple past and past participle appertained)
- To belong to or be a part of, whether by right, nature, appointment, or custom; to relate to.
- Appertain is followed by to (formerly by unto, as in The King James Version of The Bible and in the plays of Shakespeare, although to is used in these works as well).
- be irrelevant