- 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 apanage
Historical Examples of apanage
Meanwhile he had his own apanage, "Landgraf" by rank he too; and had troubles enough with that of itself.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol, II. (of XXI.)
These islands, which lie at a little distance south of Japan, had for centuries been regarded as an apanage of the Satsuma fief.
His ill-gotten kingdom became 317 an apanage of the Mongol Empire.
Thenceforward it was held as an apanage of the French crown, usually by a member of the royal family closely related to the king.
Pause of an awful nature:—but Fleury does not hasten with the Apanage, as promised.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Volume V. (of XXI.)
- a variant spelling of appanage
- 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 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.