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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Apanage \Ap"an*age\, n. Same as Appanage.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see appanage.


n. 1 A grant (especially by a sovereign) of land (or other source of revenue) as a birthright. 2 A perquisite that is appropriate to one's position.

  1. 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" [syn: appanage]

  2. 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" [syn: appanage]

Usage examples of "apanage".

Con mi proverbial llaneza, que es el apanage del hombre de mundo, no vacilé ante un procedimiento radical: lo sacudí hasta que abrió los ojos.

In the years since, though his considerable legal talents had earned him the coveted apanage of Queen's Counsel, Harry had continued to indulge his love of flying, not only retaining active flying status with the reserve RAF, but also making occasional guest appearances at air shows as a pilot of vintage aircraft.