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.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + -purtenance a belonging; see purtenance Unabridged
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appurtenance (əˈpɜːtɪnəns)
1.  a secondary or less significant thing or part
2.  (plural) accessories or equipment
3.  property law a minor right, interest, or privilege which passes when the title to the principal property is transferred
[C14: from Anglo-French apurtenance, from Old French apartenance, from apartenir to appertain]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. apurtenance, from O.Fr. apartenance, prp. of apartenir, from L. appertinere "to pertain to," from ad- "to" + pertinere "belong to" (see pertain).
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Example sentences
But he did have one peculiar appurtenance: around his neck hung high-powered
  binoculars, painted shiny gold.
The appurtenance of welcome is fashion and ceremony.
Access is defined as the ability to walk to the piping and/or appurtenance.
Appurtenance means an item attached to or made part of a water main to divert
  or control flow, excluding taps and waterlines.
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