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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, 14th century


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

Examples of Appurtenance in a sentence

"She decorated her new car with fun appurtenances, such as fuzzy seat covers and a phone holder."

"I keep a bag packed with all the appurtenances I need for the gym so I can go at any time."

About Appurtenance

You can trace this noun back to the French verb “apartenir,” which means to belong to. Go back even further and you'll arrive at the Latin “appertineō,” which means I belong. The English noun "appurtenance" holds this meaning as objects that belong to a certain category.

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You can use "appurtenance" to describe specific objects or 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 extra appurtenances for a stand mixer. In a general sense, these items can designate a type of person or activity, such as a garage with all the appurtenances of motorcycle riding.

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