One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of dividing, especially into shares; division (especially of inheritable property), partition; sharing. Now rare.
2Specifically. The practice of appropriating cultural artefacts or works of art from poorer countries for display in Western museums.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Middle French partage action of dividing something into shares, share, portion, specifically share in an inheritance from partir + -age.
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