Definition of appurtenance in English:



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

    ‘all the appurtenances of luxurious travel’
    • ‘And that in turn justifies the gender quotas, government set-asides, and all the other appurtenances of a feminist society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't simply mean that the obvious appurtenances of American life - fast food, SUVs, baseball, whatever - are absent, though they are.’
    • ‘Is it for our feisty presence on the international economic scene, tempered by the inclusive appurtenances of our social safety net?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Of course that's about to change, because I went shopping yesterday for household appurtenances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dismantlement of settlements, forced transfers of population and other usual appurtenances of establishing nation-states in ethnically heterogeneous areas would likely ensue.’
    • ‘Subsequent awards of the specific badge can be recognized with appropriate appurtenances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For those of us not equipped with brass appurtenances, reducing investment risk is often a goal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wall folds around necessary culinary appurtenances and exposes the kitchen to the rest of the living spaces.’
    • ‘Once position, status, titles and the appurtenances of office (like formal dress) sustained an external authority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    accessories, trappings, appendages, accoutrements, extras, additions, adjuncts, conveniences, incidentals
    equipment, paraphernalia, impedimenta, belongings, bits and pieces
    things, stuff
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Middle English: from Old French apertenance, based on late Latin appertinere belong to (see appertain).