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 patrimonial (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

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Thus, while war ravages the country, a digital salvage operation of Yemen’s patrimony is well under way. Christian C. Sahner, WSJ, "Yemen’s Threatened Cultural Heritage," 25 Dec. 2018 This patrimony has fallen under grave threat as a result of the civil war. Christian C. Sahner, WSJ, "Yemen’s Threatened Cultural Heritage," 25 Dec. 2018 So in October, lawmakers passed another bill declaring tejo part of the national patrimony, noting that it was invented by local Muisca Indians long before the Spanish conquest. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 In Italy, arts patronage is baked into the national fabric, a patrimony handed down from the Medicis and the Borgias. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Inside the Interactive Maze Gripping the Milan Art World," 27 Sep. 2018 Coral Gables is renowned for its devotion to architectural preservation: The city even declared a home historic after someone bought it as a tear-down to halt its demolition and protect the Gables' Mediterranean patrimony. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Famed for protecting historic buildings, this city wants to bulldoze one. For parking.," 29 June 2018 Then along came Levine, who regularly appropriates art-historical patrimony to explode the romantic idea of male authorship. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Flattening time’s tides; a ‘Maid’ made in the shade," 30 May 2018 The people most concerned by their Roman patrimony are the people who live here. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian, "Travel to Southern France for a Dazzling Taste of Ancient Rome," 24 May 2018 Nina’s patrimony includes the rights to a failing franchise in the all but defunct Indoor Football League, in the similarly dormant-seeming metropolis of Paterson, New Jersey. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "A Public Defender’s Polyphonic Novel of Football and Social Justice," 30 Apr. 2018

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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

noun

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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