The definition of an appurtenance is something goes with or attaches to something else.
The appendix of a book is an example of an appurtenance.
- anything that appertains; thing added to a more important thing; adjunct
- [pl.] apparatus or equipment; accessories
- an incidental right, privilege, etc., attached to some thing and passing with it, as by conveyance or sale
Origin of appurtenanceMiddle English from Anglo-French apurtenance from Old French apertenance from present participle of Late Latin appertinere, appertain
- Something associated with another, more important thing; an accessory. See Synonyms at attachment.
- appurtenances Equipment, such as clothing, tools, or instruments, used for a specific purpose or task; gear.
- Law A right, privilege, or property that is considered incident to the principal property for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.
Origin of appurtenanceMiddle English appurtenaunce from Anglo-Norman apurtenance from Vulgar Latin appertinentia from Late Latin appertinēns appertinent- present participle of appertinēre to appertain ; see appertain .
- An appendage added to something else.
- (in the plural) Equipment used for some specific task; gear.
- The thing to which another pertains.
- (law) Minor property (such as an outhouse) that passes with the main property when it is sold.
- (grammar) A modifier that is appended or prepended to another word to coin a new word that expresses belonging.