noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

: something (such as property or money) that is received from someone who has died

: something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past

plural leg·a·cies

Full Definition of LEGACY

:  a gift by will especially of money or other personal property :  bequest
:  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past <the legacy of the ancient philosophers>

Examples of LEGACY

  1. She left us a legacy of a million dollars.
  2. He left his children a legacy of love and respect.
  3. The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.
  4. Her artistic legacy lives on through her children.

Origin of LEGACY

Middle English legacie office of a legate, bequest, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, office of a legate, from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin legatus
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of LEGACY

:  of, relating to, or being a previous or outdated computer system <transfer the legacy data> <a legacy system>

First Known Use of LEGACY


Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router
LEGACIES Defined for Kids


noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\
plural leg·a·cies

Definition of LEGACY for Kids

:  property (as money) left to a person by a will
:  something (as memories or knowledge) that comes from the past or a person of the past <the poet's legacy>
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears