Friday, March 16, 2007
appurtenance noun [uh-PUR-tn-un(t)s] An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
Definitions for appurtenance
- An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
- [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
- [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.
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Citations for appurtenance
The inauguration of presidents, the coronation of monarchs, the celebration of national holidays--these events require everywhere the presence of the soldier as a "ceremonial appurtenance."
She began by demolishing an 18th-century Paris mansion whose wainscoting, paneling and other appurtenances she admired, instructing an architect to design a house for her that would incorporate these elements.
Origin of appurtenance
Appurtenance is derived from the present participle of Late Latin appertinere, "to belong to," from Latin ad- + pertinere, "to relate to, to belong to," from per-, "through" + tenere, "to hold."