appurtenance

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman apurtenance, from Old French apartenance, from apartenir, from Latin appertineō (I belong, I appertain). Equivalent to appertain +‎ -ance. More at appertain.

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NounEdit

appurtenance (plural appurtenances)

  1. An appendage to something else; an addition.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 36:
      The youngsters, not immediately within sight, seemed rather bright and desirable appurtenances than otherwise; the incidents of daily life were not without humorousness and jollity in their aspect there.
  2. (in the plural) Equipment used for some specific task; gear.
  3. The thing to which another pertains.
  4. (law) Minor property, such as an outhouse, that passes with the main property when it is sold.
  5. (grammar) A modifier that is appended or prepended to another word to coin a new word that expresses belonging.

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