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Word of the Day
Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Definitions for appurtenance

  1. An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
  2. [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
  3. [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.

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Citations for appurtenance
The inauguration of presidents, the coronation of monarchs, the celebration of national holidays--these events require everywhere the presence of the soldier as a "ceremonial appurtenance." Barbara Ehrenreich, Blood Rites
She began by demolishing an 18th-century Paris mansion whose wainscoting, paneling and other appurtenances she admired, instructing an architect to design a house for her that would incorporate these elements. Angeline Goreau, New York Times
Origin of appurtenance
Appurtenance is derived from the present participle of Late Latin appertinere, "to belong to," from Latin ad- + pertinere, "to relate to, to belong to," from per-, "through" + tenere, "to hold."