ap·pa·nage also ap·a·nage (ăpə-nĭj)
1. A source of revenue, such as land, given by a sovereign for the maintenance of a member of the ruling family.
2. Something extra offered to or claimed by a party as due; a perquisite: The leaders of the opposition party agreed to accept another government's appanages, and in doing so became an officially paid agency of a foreign power.
3. A rightful or customary accompaniment or adjunct.
[French apanage, from Old French, from apaner, to make provisions for, possibly from Medieval Latin appānāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin pānis, bread; see pā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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