patrimony

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noun pat·ri·mo·ny \ ˈpa-trə-ˌmō-nē \

Definition of patrimony

1 a :an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor
  • there were always children, and the patrimony was divided every time
  • —D. H. Lawrence
b :anything derived from one's father or ancestors :heritage
  • These historic landmarks are an important part of our cultural patrimony.
2 :an estate or endowment belonging by ancient right to a church
  • canon law … aims at conserving the patrimony of the diocese
  • —T. J. Reese

patrimonial

play \ˌpa-trə-ˈmō-nē-əl\ adjective

Examples of patrimony in a Sentence

  1. These historic landmarks are an important part of our cultural patrimony.

  2. her patrimony was the family's newspaper business

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Origin and Etymology of patrimony

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

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PATRIMONY Defined for English Language Learners

patrimony

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Definition of patrimony for English Language Learners

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

  • : things that are from the past


Law Dictionary

patrimony

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noun pat·ri·mo·ny \ ˈpa-trə-ˌmō-nē \

legal Definition of patrimony

plural patrimonies
1 :an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor
  • to deprive her and her coheirs of their patrimony
  • Wells Fargo Bank v. Kincaid, 260 Cal. App. 2d 120 (1968)
2 :an estate or endowment belonging to a church
  • the property of a dissolved parish shall pass to the patrimony of the diocese
3 in the civil law of Louisiana :the net assets of a person :the sum of a person's assets and liabilities
  • reimbursement shall be made from the patrimony of the spouse who owes reimbursement
  • Louisiana Civil Code

Origin and Etymology of patrimony

Middle French patrimonie, from Latin patrimonium, from patr- pater father



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