- to belong as a part, right, possession, attribute, etc.; pertain or relate (usually followed by to): privileges that appertain to members of the royal family.
Origin of appertain
Examples from the Web for appertain
Mrs. Merton had undertaken the duties that appertain to the "hissing urn."Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Yet there are several characteristics which appertain to the whole continent.Up To Date Business
To you only it will appertain to decide whether you will be converted or no.En Route
J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
The consideration of hypnotic cures does not appertain to our theme.Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery
Robert Means Lawrence
Where are the houses, the palaces, that should appertain to these lordly parks?The Scalp Hunters
- (intr usually foll by to) to belong (to) as a part, function, right, etc; relate (to) or be connected (with)
Word Origin and History for appertain
late 14c., from Anglo-French apartenir, Old French apartenir (12c.) "be related to; be incumbent upon," from Late Latin appertinere "to pertain to," from ad- "to, completely" (see ad-) + pertinere "to belong to" (see pertain). To belong as parts to the whole, or as members to a family or class. Related: Appertained; appertaining.