Meaning of appurtenance in English:


Pronunciation /əˈpəːt(ɪ)nəns/

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usually appurtenances
  • An accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living.

    ‘the appurtenances of consumer culture’
    • ‘For those of us not equipped with brass appurtenances, reducing investment risk is often a goal.’
    • ‘The wall folds around necessary culinary appurtenances and exposes the kitchen to the rest of the living spaces.’
    • ‘Or was it not possible that over the years I had acquired an understanding that the presence of a few bourgeois appurtenances in the backcountry wouldn't cause the planets to alter their orbits?’
    • ‘Witchcraft, in seventeenth century Scotland, was not an organised professions with certification authorities, Worst Practice committees and the other appurtenances of the modern caring professions.’
    • ‘I don't simply mean that the obvious appurtenances of American life - fast food, SUVs, baseball, whatever - are absent, though they are.’
    • ‘In each case first-class and third-class products would produce the same end result, but would differ in their appurtenances and would appeal to distinct markets.’
    • ‘He still spoke softly, and with a shy sincerity, but he seemed more at ease now with the appurtenances of modern technology: with the mike, and with slides and a slide projector besides.’
    • ‘Once position, status, titles and the appurtenances of office (like formal dress) sustained an external authority.’
    • ‘Is it for our feisty presence on the international economic scene, tempered by the inclusive appurtenances of our social safety net?’
    • ‘Subsequent awards of the specific badge can be recognized with appropriate appurtenances.’
    • ‘Of course that's about to change, because I went shopping yesterday for household appurtenances.’
    • ‘Switches, turntables, engine houses, station houses, platforms, and all the appurtenances of a railway system are built of the very best material and in a very substantial manner.’
    • ‘He's purchased a pleasant, tastefully appointed house on Royal Avenue, Chelsea, and fixed it up with all the appurtenances proper to a gentleman of his station.’
    • ‘And that in turn justifies the gender quotas, government set-asides, and all the other appurtenances of a feminist society.’
    • ‘That is, how do audiences ‘see’ or comprehend oriental influence (as well as gay influence), unless it is conveyed by visible appurtenances of costume and narrative setting?’
    • ‘Moreover, in England and elsewhere, Anglicans more than others in the West have maintained the appurtenances of catholicity in liturgy, ceremony, nomenclature, and ecclesial structures.’
    • ‘But he discovered books in college, and in adulthood his house was filled with the appurtenances of a man of science: technical papers, instruments, tanks filled with fish and reptiles.’
    • ‘Dismantlement of settlements, forced transfers of population and other usual appurtenances of establishing nation-states in ethnically heterogeneous areas would likely ensue.’
    • ‘It is the minimum amount necessary (in whatever relevant dimension) for the use of the property, ‘enough of it so as to include necessary appurtenances.’’
    • ‘As a result, low-rise buildings constructed during the early 20th century suffer from the rusting of decorative elements and appurtenances, although they have no metal frames.’
    accessories, trappings, appendages, accoutrements, extras, additions, adjuncts, conveniences, incidentals


Middle English from Old French apertenance, based on late Latin appertinere ‘belong to’ (see appertain).