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patrimony

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noun pat·ri·mo·ny \ˈpa-trə-ˌmō-nē\

Simple Definition of patrimony

  • : property that you receive from your father when he dies

  • : things that are from the past

Full Definition of patrimony

  1. 1 a :  an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor b :  anything derived from one's father or ancestors :  heritage

  2. 2 :  an estate or endowment belonging by ancient right to a church

pat·ri·mo·ni·al play \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>



Origin of patrimony

Middle English patrimoine, patrimonie, from Anglo-French patremoine, from Latin patrimonium, from patr-, pater father


First Known Use: 14th century



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