1. To belong; to have connection with, or dependence on, something, as an appurtenance, attribute, etc.; to appertain; as, saltness pertains to the ocean; flowers pertain to plant life. Men hate those who affect that honor by ambition which pertaineth not to them. (Hayward)
Origin: OE. Partenen, OF. Partenir, fr. L. Pertinere to stretch out, reach, pertain; per _ tenere to hold, keep. See Per-, and Tenable, and cf. Appertain, Pertinent.