Origin of purtenanceMiddle English portenaunce, literally , appendage, altered ; from Old French partenence ; from present participle of partenir, to pertain
Origin of purtenanceMiddle English pertenaunce, purtenaunce, adjunct, from Old French partenance, pertinence, from partenir, to pertain; see pertain.
- (obsolete) That which pertains or belongs to something.
- (obsolete) The heart, liver, and lungs of an animal.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Shortened from appurtenance.