: a gift by will especially of money or other personal property : bequest
- She left us a legacy of a million dollars.
: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past
- the legacy of the ancient philosophers
- The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.
: a candidate for membership in an organization (such as a school or fraternal order) who is given special status because of a familial relationship to a member
- Legacies, or children of alumni, are three times more likely to be accepted to Harvard than other high school graduates with the same (sometimes better) scores …
- —Michael Lind