: a piece of property (such as a deed or charter) that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property
: something of special value handed down from one generation to another
The pin she's wearing is a family heirloom.
: a variety of plant that has originated under cultivation and that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals
Examples of heirloom in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebEdwards suggests heirloom grains, rare spices, and artisan cheeses.—Melanie Fincher, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 Welcome to the era where listening skills are as golden as your grandma’s heirloom jewelry.—Chris Kille, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Use yellow-orange heirloom tomatoes from the farmer's market (or your garden) for the best flavor.—Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 Best of all, this album becomes a time capsule and an heirloom to pass down.—Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 25 Oct. 2023 The interior design was done by Misha Cooper, who outfitted the space with the homeowners’ pieces and heirlooms along with new furnishings.—Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 Dutch ovens from Le Creuset are known for their beautiful colors and heirloom quality.—Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2023 Readers Respond Last week’s question was from a woman who wanted to sell a family heirloom she’d been gifted.—Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 Bloody Scary Whirl 1 large heirloom tomato (8 oz., chopped) in a blender until smooth.—Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 25 Oct. 2023 See More
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