Appanage Definition

ăpə-nĭj
noun
A source of revenue, such as land, given by a sovereign for the maintenance of a member of the ruling family.
American Heritage
Money, land, etc. granted by a monarch for the support of his younger children.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
A person's rightful extra gain; perquisite.
Webster's New World
A rightful or customary accompaniment or adjunct.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Appanage

Noun

Singular:
appanage
Plural:
appanages

Origin of Appanage

  • French apanage from Old French from apaner to make provisions for possibly from Medieval Latin appānāre Latin ad- ad- Latin pānis bread pā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French apanage, from Latin *appanare, adpanare ‘to give bread’.

    From Wiktionary

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