I. noun 1.
‹historical› a provision made for the maintenance of the younger children of kings and princes, consisting of a gift of land, an official position, or money.
‹archaic› a benefit or right belonging to someone; a perquisite
• the appanages of her rank.
– origin early 17th cent.: from French, based on medieval Latin appanare ‘provide with the means of subsistence’, from ad- ‘to’ + panis ‘bread’.