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appanage (n.)

c. 1600, "provision made for the younger children of royal or noble families," from French appanage (16c.), restored from earlier apanage (13c.), a term in feudal law, from apaner "to endow with means of subsistence," from Medieval Latin appanare "equip with bread," from ad "to" (see ad-) + panis "bread," from PIE root *pa- "to feed." The restored double -p- was subsequently abandoned in French. Meaning "dependent territory" is from 1807.

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Definitions of appanage

appanage (n.)
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
Synonyms: apanage
appanage (n.)
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
Synonyms: apanage
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