• WordNet 3.6
    • n apanage 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"
    • n apanage 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apanage Same as Appanage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apanage See appanage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Apanage . See Appanage.
    • n Apanage the assignation or conveyance by the crown of lands and feudal rights to the princes of the royal family, a provision for younger sons, a dependency: any perquisite: an adjunct or attribute
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. apanage—L. ad, and pan-is, bread.


In literature:

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.) Frederick The Great--Of Brandenburg And The Hohenzollerns--928-1417" by Thomas Carlyle
There were four Half-brothers of Friedrich, too, who got apanages, appointments.
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Hohenzollerns In Brandenburg--1412-1718" by Thomas Carlyle
How else can we be certain of getting those indispensable Apanages, when they fall vacant?
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Volume V. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--Double-Marriage Project, And What Element It Fell Into--1723-1726" by Thomas Carlyle
C'est pourquoi dans ce grand esprit de justice qui est l'apanage des enfants, Boum n'en voulut pas non plus a Claude.
"Histoires grises" by E. Edouard Tavernier
At Kief the system of independent apanages prevailed.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia Frederick The Great--Complete Table of Contents: 22 Volumes" by Thomas Carlyle
The Gothic princes must content themselves with honours and apanages, in which they readily acquiesced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Thenceforward it was held as an apanage of the French crown, usually by a member of the royal family closely related to the king.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
He was given at an early age the nickname of Lackland because, unlike his elder brothers, he received no apanage in the continental provinces.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various
These islands, which lie at a little distance south of Japan, had for centuries been regarded as an apanage of the Satsuma fief.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3" by Various