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legacy

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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

Full Definition of legacy

plural leg·a·cies

  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

  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


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legacy

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 :  of, relating to, or being a previous or outdated computer system 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>



1990

First Known Use of legacy

1990

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LEGACY Defined for Kids

legacy

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noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

Definition of legacy

plural leg·a·cies

  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>





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