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appanage - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'appanage' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Appanage [ n.]
- The portion of land assigned by a sovereign prince for the subsistence of his younger sons.
- A dependency; a dependent territory.
- That which belongs to one by custom or right; a natural adjunct or accompaniment.

Meaning of 'appanage' (Princeton's WordNet)

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