/ap"euh nij/, n.
1. land or some other source of revenue assigned for the maintenance of a member of the family of a ruling house.
2. whatever belongs rightfully or appropriately to one's rank or station in life.
3. a natural or necessary accompaniment; adjunct.
Also, apanage.
[1595-1605; < MF, OF apanage, apeinaige, equiv. to apan(er) to endow (a younger son or daughter) with a maintenance ( < ML appanare; ap- AP-1 + -panare, v. deriv. of L panis bread; cf. OPr apanar to nourish) + -age -AGE]

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In France, primarily from the 13th to the 16th century, the giving of lands or pensions to children of the royal family.

Established to provide for the younger brothers and sisters of the king, appanages also helped develop royal administration within the lands concerned. The Ordinance of Moulins (1566) made royal lands inalienable, so all appanages would eventually revert to the crown. They were abolished during the French Revolution but were briefly reestablished between 1810 and 1832.

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▪ French history
      in France, primarily before the Revolution, the provision of lands within the royal domain, or in some cases of pensions, to the children of the royal family so that they might live in a style corresponding to their position in society. Appanages were established to provide for the younger brothers and sisters of the king but were also given to an heir to the throne before his succession, at which time the land was reannexed to the crown. Appanages were most prevalent from the 13th to the 16th century.

      Appanages raised certain problems for the crown, largely because of the personal relationship that existed between the holder and the king. At the same time, however, they afforded an opportunity for the growth and development of royal administration within the areas held by appanage, facilitating their ultimate reunion with the crown. After the 14th century, except in a few special instances, women ceased to receive land appanage but received pensions instead. In 1566 the Ordinance of Moulins established the principle of the inalienability of the domain, although during the Wars of Religion of the next 30 years it was not always strictly adhered to. With the growth of the absolute power of the monarch during the 17th century, appanages ceased to be much of a problem. Early in the French Revolution (1790), appanages were reduced to pensions or rents and then completely abolished. They were reestablished in 1810 according to the provisions of 1790 and finally abolished in 1832.

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