appanages

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Appanage \Ap"pa*nage\, noun [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.

3. That which belongs to one by custom or right; a natural adjunct or accompaniment. "Wealth . . . the appanage of wit." --Swift.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

appanage

noun

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}]


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