patrimony

noun
pat·​ri·​mo·​ny | \ ˈpa-trə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce patrimony (audio) \

Definition of patrimony

1a : 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

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Other Words from patrimony

patrimonial \ ˌpa-​trə-​ˈmō-​nē-​əl How to pronounce patrimony (audio) \ adjective

Examples of patrimony in a Sentence

These historic landmarks are an important part of our cultural patrimony. her patrimony was the family's newspaper business
Recent Examples on the Web It’s a problem that has blocked dozens of Native American tribes in California from taking back ownership of their cultural patrimony. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California bill seeks to give tribes more standing to recover sacred objects from museums," 28 Nov. 2020 How to acknowledge one’s devotion, one’s patrimony, one’s heritage? William F. Buckley Jr., National Review, "Gratitude: What We Owe to Our Country," 26 Nov. 2020 Yet the infirmities of the French state at the turn of the twentieth century, the argument might run, made the simple act of protecting the national patrimony politically impossible. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 Two small local museums reflect Ariège’s cultural patrimony. Robert P. Walzer, WSJ, "The France That Time and Tourism Forgot," 6 Oct. 2020 Lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament introduced a bill last month that would toughen penalties for those convicted of destroying Italy’s artistic patrimony. Elisabetta Povoledo, BostonGlobe.com, "Italy wants its tourists back, unless they sit on the statues," 19 Aug. 2020 Koyiyumptewa said that the only cases where the tribe isn’t successful in bringing cultural patrimony home are when the pieces are treated with arsenic and other pesticides to preserve them. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Tribes' human remains and cultural items have been scattered across the U.S. Here's how they get returned," 27 June 2020 Although some people consider halting construction or other human activities to reclaim Indigenous burials or other cultural patrimony as slowing down progress, Monteil said the community benefits from the process. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Tribes' human remains and cultural items have been scattered across the U.S. Here's how they get returned," 27 June 2020 In the case of Nigeria, members of the Royal Court of Benin, Edo state and the NCMM are currently advising the BDG on how cultural patrimony from the Benin kingdom and Nigeria that are scattered around the world should be restituted and repatriated. Sylvester Ogbechie, Quartz Africa, "How to bring Africa’s artifacts back home from Europe’s museums," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of patrimony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for patrimony

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

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“Patrimony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patrimony. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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patrimony

noun
How to pronounce patrimony (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of patrimony

formal
: property that you receive from your father when he dies
: things that are from the past

patrimony

noun
pat·​ri·​mo·​ny | \ ˈpa-trə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce patrimony (audio) \
plural patrimonies

Legal Definition of patrimony

1 : an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor to deprive her and her coheirs of their patrimonyWells 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 reimbursementLouisiana Civil Code

History and Etymology for patrimony

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

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