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noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

Simple Definition of legacy

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of legacy

plural legacies

  1. 1 :  a gift by will especially of money or other personal property :  bequest

  2. 2 :  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past <the legacy of the ancient philosophers>

Examples of legacy in a sentence

  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



adjective leg·a·cy

Definition of legacy

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 :  of, relating to, or being a previous or outdated computer system 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


First Known Use of legacy


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LEGACY Defined for Kids


noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

Definition of legacy for Students

plural legacies

  1. 1 :  property (as money) left to a person by a will

  2. 2 :  something (as memories or knowledge) that comes from the past or a person of the past <the poet's legacy>

Law Dictionary


noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

Legal Definition of legacy

plural legacies

  1. :  a gift of property by will; specifically :  a gift of personal property by will :  bequest — see also ademption — compare devise conjoint legacy in the civil law of Louisiana :  a legacy by a single disposition to more than one legatee or of indivisible property to more than one legatee demonstrative legacy \di-ˈmän-strə-tiv-\ :  a legacy payable from a designated fund or asset or from the general assets of the estate to the extent the specified fund or asset fails to satisfy the legacy general legacy :  a legacy payable out of the general assets of the estate legacy under a universal title in the civil law of Louisiana :  a legacy that consists of a specified proportion (as one-half), a specified type (as movables), or a specified proportion of a specified type of the testator's property particular legacy in the civil law of Louisiana :  any legacy that is not a universal legacy or a legacy under a universal title —called also legacy under particular title residuary legacy :  a legacy that consists of all of the testator's estate which has not been distributed through other legacies or charges upon the estate specific legacy :  a legacy payable only from a specific fund or asset in the estate universal legacy in the civil law of Louisiana :  a legacy by which a testator gives to one or more legatees all of his or her property at the time of death

Origin of legacy

Medieval Latin legatio, from Latin legare to bequeath

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