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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