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[uh-pur-tn-uh ns] /əˈpɜr tn əns/
something subordinate to another, more important thing; adjunct; accessory.
Law. a right, privilege, or improvement belonging to and passing with a principal property.
appurtenances, apparatus; instruments.
Origin of appurtenance
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + -purtenance a belonging; see purtenance Unabridged
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  • The Zulus hold that a dead body can cast no shadow, because that appurtenance departed from it at the close of life.

  • Yet we say, "I have hope," and there hope would be in the category of Having, appurtenance.

  • Indeed, that was as it should be; for she was only an appurtenance of my mattress, or self-acting bedstead on four castors.

  • appurtenance, ap-pur′ten-ans, n. that which appertains to: an appendage or accessory: (law) a right belonging to a property.

  • Pale sunlight flooded the square, white room where, in all its dignified complexity of appurtenance, the simple meal was laid out.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • One other appurtenance of a dining-room is found in all early inventories—a voider.

  • It may be called the Garden of Eden Room, for in every part and appurtenance it speaks of sweet content and blessed repose.

    The House of the Lord James E. Talmage
  • The two had a simultaneous birth, but it was an appurtenance of the latter that marked the distinction and gave the names.

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

  • Dinner was served in a small white Georgian dining-room, with every appurtenance of almost Sybaritic luxury.

    The Evil Shepherd E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for appurtenance


a secondary or less significant thing or part
(pl) accessories or equipment
(property law) a minor right, interest, or privilege which passes when the title to the principal property is transferred
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French apurtenance, from Old French apartenance, from apartenir to appertain
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Word Origin and History for appurtenance

c.1300, "right, privilege or possession subsidiary to a principal one," from Anglo-French apurtenance (12c.), Old French apartenance, present participle of apartenir "be related to," from Latin appertinere "to pertain to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pertinere "belong to" (see pertain).

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