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


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appurtenance (plural appurtenances)

  1. That which appertains; an appendage to something else; an addition.
  2. (in the plural) Equipment used for some specific task; gear.
    • 2013 July 6, Steven Poole, “Is our love of nature writing bourgeois escapism?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      In the case of the urban consumer of nature writing, of course, the mud is to be hosed off one's mental Range Rover immediately one lifts one's eyes from the page and gives silent thanks for the civilised appurtenances of hot yoga and flat whites.
    • 2014 August 2, Teddy Wayne, “A Parchment on Millennials”, in The New York Times[2], ISSN 0362-4331:
      These “millennials” are, without a doubt, the most narcissistic and hopeless cohort I have witnessed in my 35 long years on this stationary planet. Consider, first, their absurd sartorial appurtenances, such as leggings sewn with skinny girths.
  3. (law) Minor property, such as an outhouse, that passes with the main property when it is sold.
    Synonym: contenement
  4. (grammar) A modifier that is appended or prepended to another word to coin a new word that expresses belonging.
  5. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) The thing to which another pertains.

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