Definition of appurtenance in English:



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

    ‘the appurtenances of consumer culture’
    • ‘Of course that's about to change, because I went shopping yesterday for household appurtenances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And that in turn justifies the gender quotas, government set-asides, and all the other appurtenances of a feminist society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't simply mean that the obvious appurtenances of American life - fast food, SUVs, baseball, whatever - are absent, though they are.’
    • ‘Subsequent awards of the specific badge can be recognized with appropriate appurtenances.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dismantlement of settlements, forced transfers of population and other usual appurtenances of establishing nation-states in ethnically heterogeneous areas would likely ensue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is it for our feisty presence on the international economic scene, tempered by the inclusive appurtenances of our social safety net?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Once position, status, titles and the appurtenances of office (like formal dress) sustained an external authority.’
    accessories, trappings, appendages, accoutrements, extras, additions, adjuncts, conveniences, incidentals
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Middle English: from Old French apertenance, based on late Latin appertinere ‘belong to’ (see appertain).