Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of appanage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grant (especially by a sovereign) of land (or other source of revenue) as a birthright.
  • n. A perquisite that is appropriate to one's position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as appanage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See appanage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a grant (by a sovereign or a legislative body) of resources to maintain a dependent member of a ruling family
  • n. any customary and rightful perquisite appropriate to your station in life

Etymologies

From French apanage, from Latin *appanare, adpanare ("to give bread"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In those African nations where they have already been introduced, they remain the apanage of a small, privileged, mostly urban elite.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • No further hesitation was thereafter possible for the ruler of Gruyère, who was thus compelled to take sides against the duchess if he wished to preserve his country from dismemberment and the cruel and ferocious devastation which the Confederates were now inflicting upon the beautiful country of Romand Switzerland, and particularly upon the country of Vaud, the apanage of Duke Charles 'maréchal, Count Romont.

    The Counts of Gruyère

  • Thus the kings in granting a duchy or countship as an apanage to their brothers or sons used the phrase _in comitatum et baroniam_.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"

  • Instead of the possession of these lands being regarded as the apanage of the spiritual office, the acceptance of episcopal consecration was looked upon as the special condition or service upon which these lands were held from the king.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • "D'you think she'll remain your apanage now?" he asked, with a hint of smiling sarcasm that could not hurt her.

    In the Wilderness

  • It is very noble in the Duc de Nemours to have thus given up his _apanage_; [34] I am sorry there were such difficulties about it.

    The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843) A Selection from Her Majesty's Correspondence Between the Years 1837 and 1861

  • This breed has been preserved in its purity by the successive Dukes of Newcastle, and may be considered as an aristocratic apanage to their country seats.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

  • In consequence of this perfection, gourmandise is the exclusive apanage of man.

    The Physiology of Taste

  • -- all his doubts and perplexities resolved themselves at once, as by some enchantment, into a lovely, unexpected chord of extreme simplicity; and Martia was gently but firmly put aside, and the divine Julia quietly relegated to the gilded throne which was her fit and proper apanage.

    The Martian

  • (N.E.D.).] {209} Génin (_Lexique de la Langue de Molière_, p. 367) says well: “En augmentant le nombre des mots, il a fallu restreindre leur signification, et faire aux nouveaux un apanage aux dépens des anciens”.

    English Past and Present

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