or ap·a·nage



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

1595–1605; < Middle French, Old French apanage, apeinaige, equivalent to apan(er) to endow (a younger son or daughter) with a maintenance (< Medieval Latin appānāre; ap- ap-1 + -pānāre, verbal derivative of Latin pānis bread; compare Old Provençal apanar to nourish) + -age -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for appanage

privilege, adjunct, right, prerogative, perquisite

Examples from the Web for appanage

Historical Examples of appanage

  • And needless to say Leopold can't get along on his salary and appanage.

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for 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

C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin appānāgium, from appānāre to provide for, from Latin pānis bread
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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.

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