Appurtenance

Appurtenance

əˈpərtənəns

Noun

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

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Example Sentences

“When she got her first car, she decorated it with fun appurtenances, such as bumper stickers and seat covers.”

“I keep a bag packed with my workout appurtenances so I can go to the gym any time.”

“For his birthday, he asked for appurtenances for his woodworking hobby.”

Word Origin

French, late 14th century

Why this word?

Trace this noun to the French verb “apartenir,” meaning “to belong to,” from the Latin “appertinere,” which also means “belong to.” The English noun “appurtenance” continues this meaning as it designates objects that belong to a certain category. It’s usually used in the plural, as it covers a range of items — “appurtenances” can refer to specific items or can be used in a general sense to talk about equipment associated with a particular category. In a specific sense, these items are supplemental accessories, such as the appurtenances for a stand mixer. In a general sense, these items can designate a type of activity, such as someone having a garage filled with the appurtenances of motorcycle riding.

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