Meaning of appurtenance


Something that is an accessory to something but not an integral part of it is an appurtenance. If you buy a car, you may want to purchase a few appurtenances for it, like an ice scraper and fuzzy dice to hang from your rear view mirror.

The noun appurtenance does not only refer to tangible objects, such as appurtenances of a certain lifestyle. It can also mean equipment or gear for a certain task. By the time you fill your locker with all the appurtenances of a high school student, you won’t have room for a coat. Perhaps the appurtenances you should invest in are heavy sweatshirts.

Definitions of appurtenance
  1. noun

    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.


    gear, paraphernalia

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    fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, rig, tackle

    gear used in fishing
    kit, outfit

    gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose

    paraphernalia indicative of royalty (or other high office)

    gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise
    rigging, tackle

    gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship’s masts and sails
    saddlery, stable gear, tack

    gear for a horse

    piece of metal held in horse’s mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
    caparison, housing, trapping

    stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
    carpenter’s kit, tool kit

    a set of carpenter’s tools
    cinch, girth

    stable gear consisting of a band around a horse’s belly that holds the saddle in place
    crown jewels

    regalia (jewelry and other paraphernalia) worn by a sovereign on state occasions
    drill rig, drilling rig, oil rig, oilrig

    rig used in drilling for oil or gas
    first-aid kit

    kit consisting of a set of bandages and medicines for giving first aid

    stable gear consisting of either of two curved supports that are attached to the collar of a draft horse and that hold the traces

    stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart

    stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse’s head

    kit consisting of a complete outfit (clothing and accessories) for a new baby

    a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girth; prevents the horse from throwing back its head
    mess kit

    kit containing a metal dish and eating utensils; used by soldiers and campers
    horse blanket, saddle blanket, saddlecloth

    stable gear consisting of a blanket placed under the saddle
    sewing kit

    a kit of articles used in sewing

    stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team
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    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service

  2. noun

    a supplementary component that improves capability


    accessory, add-on, supplement

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    auto accessory

    an accessory for an automobile
    computer accessory

    an accessory for a computer

    a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
    fixings, trimmings

    the accessories that normally accompany (something or some activity)
    gas fitting

    the fitting (pipes or valves or meters) that convey gas from the gas main to the gas fixtures of a building
    pipe fitting, pipefitting

    fitting consisting of threaded pieces of pipe for joining pipes together

    an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert
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    component, constituent, element

    an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system

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