from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A source of revenue, such as land, given by a sovereign for the maintenance of a member of the ruling family.
- n. Something extra offered to or claimed by a party as due; a perquisite: The leaders of the opposition party agreed to accept another government's appanages, and in doing so became an officially paid agency of a foreign power.
- n. A rightful or customary accompaniment or adjunct.
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. The portion of land assigned by a sovereign prince for the subsistence of his younger sons.
- n. A dependency; a dependent territory.
- n. That which belongs to one by custom or right; a natural adjunct or accompaniment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Whatever belongs or falls to one from one's rank or station in life.
- n. A natural or necessary accompaniment; an endowment or attribute.
- n. 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. Also written apanage, and sometimes appenage.
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
French apanage, from Old French, from apaner, to make provisions for, possibly from Medieval Latin appānāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin pānis, bread; see pā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French apanage, from Latin *appanare, adpanare ‘to give bread’. (Wiktionary)