- something subordinate to another, more important thing; adjunct; accessory.
- Law. a right, privilege, or improvement belonging to and passing with a principal property.
- appurtenances, apparatus; instruments.
Origin of appurtenance
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Examples from the Web for appurtenances
Many of the old-time fittings and appurtenances are still to be seen.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
They had no capital, and in fact were in debt for part of their appurtenances.Benjamin Franklin
Paul Elmer More
The furniture and appurtenances were of the most recherché description.
The appurtenances of love mean much to me; nearness, warmth, caresses.A Poor Man's House
Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Is my youth, with all its appurtenances, worth your acceptance?A Little Union Scout
Joel Chandler Harris
- a secondary or less significant thing or part
- (plural) accessories or equipment
- property law a minor right, interest, or privilege which passes when the title to the principal property is transferred
C14: from Anglo-French apurtenance, from Old French apartenance, from apartenir to appertain
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Word Origin and History for appurtenances
"apparatus, gear," late 14c.; see appurtenance.
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