• WordNet 3.6
    • n appanage 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 appanage 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
    • Appanage A dependency; a dependent territory.
    • Appanage That which belongs to one by custom or right; a natural adjunct or accompaniment. "Wealth . . . the appanage of wit."
    • Appanage The portion of land assigned by a sovereign prince for the subsistence of his younger sons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n appanage Originally, in the feudal law of France, that which was granted to the sons of the sovereign for their support, as lands and privileges, and which reverted to the crown on the failure of male heirs. In Scotland, at a later date, appanage was the patrimony of the king's eldest son, upon whose death or succession to the throne it reverted to the crown. In England, the duchy of Cornwall is sometimes regarded as an appanage of the Prince of Wales; in addition, he and other members of the royal family receive from Parliament allowances amounting to £156,000 out of the annual income derived from the hereditary crown lands surrendered to Parliament in the time of William IV.
    • n appanage Whatever belongs or falls to one from one's rank or station in life.
    • n appanage A natural or necessary accompaniment; an endowment or attribute.
    • n appanage A dependent territory; a detached part of the dominions of a crown or government: as, India is now only an appanage of Great Britain.
    • n appanage Also written apanage, and sometimes appenage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Appanage ap′pan-āj 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. apanage, fr. OF. apaner, to nourish, support, fr. LL. apanare, to furnish with bread, to provision; L. ad, + pains, bread
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. apanage—L. ad, and pan-is, bread.


In literature:

From this point on De Launay took his rightful place as a mere appanage.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
So Pola became a mere appanage of Venice.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The Papacy is now but an appanage of the Valois monarchs.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
Why else did my mother wash the King's stocking; or the Appanage of Royalty promise me the cap?
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
The appanages to the South and to the West become by turns Lithuanian, Polish, Hungarian, Livonian, Swedish.
"Secret Diplomatic History of The Eighteenth Century" by Karl Marx
Ten years later, the dauphin created in his appanage the Parlement of Grenoble.
"Paris" by William Walton
Appanages, effect of the system of, i.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
According to them, intelligence, sound judgment and ability were the exclusive appanage of birth.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
Later, King Francis I. again gave the duchy as an appanage to his mother, Louise of Savoy, by letters patent of the 4th of February 1515.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
In the history of France, however, the appanage was a very important factor.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various