Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • To furnish with by way of appurtenance; supply or equip.

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

Etymologies

Middle English appurtenaunce, from Anglo-Norman apurtenance, from Vulgar Latin *appertinentia, from Late Latin appertinēns, appertinent-, present participle of appertinēre, to appertain; see appertain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman apurtenance, from Old French apartenance, from apertenir, from Latin appertineō ("I belong, I appertain"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term "appurtenance" shall not include any item that is temporarily affixed or attached to the exterior of a motor home or travel trailer by the owner of such motor home or travel trailer for the purposes of transporting from one location to another.

    LJWorld.com stories: News

  • For the purposes of this subsection the term "appurtenance" shall include:

    LJWorld.com stories: News

  • The level of the awarding command determines the appurtenance worn on the ribbon.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • He was an appurtenance, and a very necessary one, to the Yukon country; but the presence of the other two was merely accidental.

    The Priestly Prerogative

  • Kwaque he merely accepted, as an appurtenance, as a part of the human landscape, as a chattel of

    CHAPTER IV

  • But Satan dogged the Tahitian's movements for a full hour before he made up his mind that the man was an appurtenance of the place.

    Chapter 8

  • Writer Harlan Ellison shared more details on his website, saying ... a power surge apparently went through the electrical system of the house, shorting out a wall heater that had been in place in the bathroom since the house was built ... an appurtenance no one even paid any attention to: it was invisible, like a countertop.

    More on the Len Wein housefire | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • But it looks to me like Hoffman is going to fall serve behind when a rest of St. Lawrence comes in (which may not be until tomorrow; they've had a little appurtenance problems there) and a absentees -- of that Scozzafava will have a decent share -- won't be sufficient to assistance him.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • It creates me swoon as great as to be honest it is not even the guilty pleasure. we consider everyone should enjoy the morality of corny ogling. we additionally consider which Rob should always walk in delayed suit as great as always with the breeze appurtenance in front of him.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Those motors will be sent off to a appurtenance emporium in Billings, where they will be washed, insulated, put in brand new bearing, etc.

    September 09, 2009 Meeting Minutes

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.