- land or some other source of revenue assigned for the maintenance of a member of the family of a ruling house.
- whatever belongs rightfully or appropriately to one's rank or station in life.
- a natural or necessary accompaniment; adjunct.
Origin of appanage
Examples from the Web for appanage
And needless to say Leopold can't get along on his salary and appanage.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
He would then marry the daughter of one of them, and annex Scotland as her appanage.A Forgotten Hero
Emily Sarah Holt
She will receive an appanage of twenty-five thousand gulden a year.A German Pompadour
Last night independent, mistress of her own destiny, this morning she was an appanage.Find the Woman
Arthur Somers Roche
But the superior income which is the appanage of superior status is not rent of ability.Expository Writing
Mervin James Curl
- land or other provision granted by a king for the support of a member of the royal family, esp a younger son
- a natural or customary accompaniment or perquisite, as to a job or position
Word Origin and History for appanage
c.1600, from French apanage (13c.), from apaner "to endow with means of subsistence," from Medieval Latin appanare "equip with bread," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + panis "bread" (see food). Originally, provisions made for younger children of royalty. The double -p- restored in French 15c.-16c., in English 17c.