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[verb uh-neks, an-eks; noun an-eks, -iks] /verb əˈnɛks, ˈæn ɛks; noun ˈæn ɛks, -ɪks/
verb (used with object)
to attach, append, or add, especially to something larger or more important.
to incorporate (territory) into the domain of a city, country, or state:
Germany annexed part of Czechoslovakia.
to take or appropriate, especially without permission.
to attach as an attribute, condition, or consequence.
noun, Also, especially British, annexe
something annexed.
a subsidiary building or an addition to a building:
The emergency room is in the annex of the main building.
something added to a document; appendix; supplement:
an annex to a treaty.
Origin of annex
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French annexer < Medieval Latin annexāre, derivative of Latin annexus tied to, past participle of annectere (see annectent); (noun) < French annexe or noun use of v.
Related forms
annexable, adjective
nonannexable, adjective
preannex, verb (used with object)
reannex, verb (used with object)
unannexable, adjective
unannexed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for annexe
Historical Examples
  • It was all that he had to offer, and it was on the top floor of an annexe, the decoration of which was not yet completed.

    Here and Hereafter Barry Pain
  • Now there is a water-butt at the junction of the annexe and the main building.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • Only we must wait till a day when my husband's over at the annexe; he doesn't like my changing things about.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • What he dreaded most were the classes which were held twice a week in an annexe of the college.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • After our meal in the long public room, newly built as an annexe, we strolled into the grounds for a smoke.

    The Secrets of Potsdam William Le Queux
  • These would hardly add to the beauty either of the annexe or the studio.

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • The post-office is an annexe of the grocer's where the sardines come from on Jane's cinema evening.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Suddenly I rose, left the studio, and strode through the annexe.

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • The Irish Party had now become little better than an annexe of Liberalism.

    Ireland Since Parnell Daniel Desmond Sheehan
  • We passed the annexe church, a couple of wayside stores, and farm after farm.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
British Dictionary definitions for annexe


  1. an extension to a main building
  2. a building used as an addition to a main building nearby
something added or annexed, esp a supplement to a document


verb (transitive) (æˈnɛks)
to join or add, esp to something larger; attach
to add (territory) by conquest or occupation
to add or append as a condition, warranty, etc
to appropriate without permission
noun (ˈænɛks)
a variant spelling (esp US) of annexe
Derived Forms
annexable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin annexāre, from Latin annectere to attach to, from nectere to join
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Word Origin and History for annexe



late 14c., "to connect with," from Old French annexer "to join" (13c.), from Medieval Latin annexare, frequentative of Latin annecetere "to bind to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + nectere "to tie, bind" (see nexus). Almost always meaning "to join in a subordinate capacity." Of nations or territories, c.1400. Related: Annexed; annexing.


1540s, "an adjunct, accessory," from French annexe, from annexer (see annex (v.)). Meaning "supplementary building" is from 1861.



1540s, "an adjunct, accessory," from French annexe, from annexer (see annex (v.)). Meaning "supplementary building" is from 1861.

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