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Appanage definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Lands appropriated by a prince to the maintenance of his younger sons, as their patrimony; but on condition of the failure of male offspring, they were to revert to the donor or his heir. From the appanage it was customary for the sons to take their surnames.
2. Sustenance; means of nourishing.
Wealth - the appanage of wit.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: any customary and rightful perquisite appropriate to your station in life; "for thousands of years the chair was an appanage of state and dignity rather than an article of ordinary use" [syn: appanage, apanage]
2: a grant (by a sovereign or a legislative body) of resources to maintain a dependent member of a ruling family; "bishoprics were received as appanages for the younger sons of great families" [syn: appanage, apanage]

Merriam Webster's

also apanage noun Etymology: French apanage, from Old French, from apaner to provide for a younger offspring, from Medieval Latin appanare, from Latin ad- + panis bread more at food Date: 1602 1. a. a grant (as of land or revenue) made by a sovereign or a legislative body to a dependent member of the royal family or a principal vassal b. a property or privilege appropriated to or by a person as something due 2. a rightful endowment or adjunct

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also apanage) 1 provision for the maintenance of the younger children of kings etc. 2 a perquisite. 3 a natural accompaniment or attribute. Etymology: F ult. f. med.L appanare endow with the means of subsistence (as APO-, panis bread)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Appanage Ap"pa*nage, n. [F. apanage, fr. OF. apaner to nourish, support, fr. LL. apanare to furnish with bread, to provision; L. ad + pains bread.] 1. The portion of land assigned by a sovereign prince for the subsistence of his younger sons. 2. A dependency; a dependent territory.

Moby Thesaurus

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