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).

"apparatus, gear," late 14c.; see appurtenance.
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Example sentences
Satin bands and bows have no more place on a lady's table than have chop-house appurtenances.
Most of the accredited appurtenances of the medical thriller are used from the test tube filled lab to the operating table.
He escapes practically all the appurtenances of civilized modern life.
Navigation lights and appurtenances shall generally conform to the details shown on the contract plans.
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