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1. The portion of land assigned by a sovereign prince for the subsistence of his younger sons.

2. A dependency; a dependent territory.

3. That which belongs to one by custom or right; a natural adjunct or accompaniment. Wealth . . . The appanage of wit.

Origin: f. Apanage, fr. OF. Apaner to nourish, support, fr. LL. Apanare to furnish with bread, to provision; L. Ad _ pains bread.