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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
  • And every evening after dinner he would go down to the annexe with Ata.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • The annexe, the inscription and the Rue du Petit Pont—all have disappeared .

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • Now there is a water-butt at the junction of the annexe and the main building.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • What he dreaded most were the classes which were held twice a week in an annexe of the college.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • These would hardly add to the beauty either of the annexe or the studio.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • Suddenly I rose, left the studio, and strode through the annexe.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • We passed the annexe church, a couple of wayside stores, and farm after farm.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • After the dressings are over we scrub the dishes and basins in the annexe.

    A Diary Without Dates Enid Bagnold
  • As soon as he can be moved, I'll get him down to the annexe at Broadstairs.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • The billiard-room was an annexe to the house, with no rooms over it.

    Here and Hereafter Barry Pain
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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Contemporary definitions for annexe

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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.

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