Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday June 25, 2002
appurtenance \uh-PUR-tn-un(t)s\ , noun:
1. An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
2. [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
3. [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.
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."
-- Barbara Ehrenreich, Blood Rites
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.
-- Angeline Goreau, "A Spectacular Mess of a Marriage", New York Times, August 31, 1997
Apart from sports cars, he did not have his father's passion for the appurtenances of celebrity.
-- Howard Chua-Eoan, "He Was My Hero'", Time, January 27, 1997
A few of the appurtenances of wealth are well known--the Range Rovers and Rolexes, the little Chanel purses and the personal chefs trained in the Pritikin diet.
-- Richard Lacayo, "Murder in Polo Land", Time, September 22, 1997
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."