leg·​a·​tee | \ ˌle-gə-ˈtē How to pronounce legatee (audio) \

Definition of legatee

: one to whom a legacy is bequeathed or a devise is given

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of legatee in a Sentence

the couple had no children, so they declared their nephew their only legatee
Recent Examples on the Web Columbus was not, as is well-known to the ungrateful modern-day legatees of his conquest, a perfect man. John Hirschauer, National Review, "A Defense of Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day," 14 Oct. 2019 Under the bill, a couple could pass on up to $22 million in assets without their legatees having to pay the tax. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "House prepares to send GOP tax bill to Donald Trump," 20 Dec. 2017 Under the bill, a couple could pass on up to $22 million in assets without their legatees having to pay the tax. Author: Jeff Stein, Damian Paletta, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP tax bill passes Senate as House prepares to send it to Trump," 20 Dec. 2017 But the children of OxyContin, its heirs and legatees, are many and various. Christopher Glazek, Esquire, "The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis," 16 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'legatee.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of legatee

1627, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about legatee

Time Traveler for legatee

Time Traveler

The first known use of legatee was in 1627

See more words from the same year

Statistics for legatee

Cite this Entry

“Legatee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legatee. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for legatee


How to pronounce legatee (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of legatee

law : someone who receives money or property from a person who has died


le·​ga·​tee | \ ˌle-gə-ˈtē How to pronounce legatee (audio) \

Legal Definition of legatee

: one to whom a legacy is bequeathed — compare devisee, heir, next of kin, successor

More from Merriam-Webster on legatee

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for legatee

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with legatee

Comments on legatee

What made you want to look up legatee? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!