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

  • n. Something added to another, more important thing; an appendage. See Synonyms at appendage.
  • n. Equipment, such as clothing, tools, or instruments, used for a specific purpose or task; gear.
  • n. Law A right, privilege, or property that is considered incident to the principal property for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An appendage added to something else.
  • n. Equipment used for some specific task; gear.
  • n. The thing to which another pertains.
  • n. Minor property (such as an outhouse) that passes with the main property when it is sold.
  • n. A modifier that is appended or prepended to another word to coin a new word that expresses belonging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which belongs to something else; an adjunct; an appendage; an accessory; something annexed to another thing more worthy; in common parlance and legal acceptation, something belonging to another thing as principal, and which passes as incident to it, as a right of way, or other easement to land; a right of common to pasture, an outhouse, barn, garden, or orchard, to a house or messuage. In a strict legal sense, land can never pass as an appurtenance to land.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with by way of appurtenance; supply or equip.
  • n. The act, state, or fact of appertaining.
  • n. That which appertains or belongs to something else; something belonging to another thing as principal; an adjunct; an appendage; an accessory: as, “appurtenances of majesty,”
  • n. Specifically, in law, a right, privilege, or improvement belonging to a principal property, as a right of pasture in a common attached to an estate, outhouses, gardens, etc., attached to a mansion, and the like.

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

  • n. equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
  • n. a supplementary component that improves capability


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

Middle English appurtenaunce, from Anglo-Norman apurtenance, from Vulgar Latin *appertinentia, from Late Latin appertinēns, appertinent-, present participle of appertinēre, to appertain; see appertain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman apurtenance, from Old French apartenance, from apertenir, from Latin appertineō ("I belong, I appertain").


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