- 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
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 and History for apanage
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.