- land or some other source of revenue assigned for the maintenance of a member of the family of a ruling house.
- whatever belongs rightfully or appropriately to one’s rank or station in life.
- a natural or necessary accompaniment; adjunct.
- land or other provision granted by a king for the support of a member of the royal family, esp a younger son
- a natural or customary accompaniment or perquisite, as to a job or position
c.1600, from French apanage (13c.), from apaner “to endow with means of subsistence,” from Medieval Latin appanare “equip with bread,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + panis “bread” (see food). Originally, provisions made for younger children of royalty. The double -p- restored in French 15c.-16c., in English 17c.