heirloom

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noun heir·loom \ˈer-ˌlüm\

Definition of heirloom

  1. 1 :  a piece of property (as a deed or charter ) that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property

  2. 2 :  something of special value handed down from one generation to another <The pin she's wearing is a family heirloom.>

  3. 3 :  a variety of plant that has originated under cultivation and that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals <heirloom tomatoes>

Origin and Etymology of heirloom

Middle English heirlome, from heir + lome implement — more at loom


First Known Use: 15th century

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HEIRLOOM Defined for English Language Learners

heirloom

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noun heir·loom \ˈer-ˌlüm\

Definition of heirloom for English Language Learners

  • : a valuable object that is owned by a family for many years and passed from one generation to another

  • : an old type of plant that is still available because individual people have continued to grow it for many years


HEIRLOOM Defined for Kids

heirloom

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noun heir·loom \ˈer-ˌlüm\

Definition of heirloom for Students

  1. :  a piece of personal property handed down in a family from one generation to another



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