noun pat·ri·mo·ny \ˈpa-trə-ˌmō-nē\

: property that you receive from your father when he dies

: things that are from the past

Full Definition of PATRIMONY

a :  an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor
b :  anything derived from one's father or ancestors :  heritage
:  an estate or endowment belonging by ancient right to a church
pat·ri·mo·ni·al \ˌpa-trə-ˈmō-nē-əl\ adjective

Examples of PATRIMONY

  1. These historic landmarks are an important part of our cultural patrimony.
  2. <her patrimony was the family's newspaper business>


Middle English patrimoine, patrimonie, from Anglo-French patremoine, from Latin patrimonium, from patr-, pater father
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

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