- Law. a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest.
- anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: the legacy of ancient Rome.
- an applicant to or student at a school that was attended by his or her parent.
- Obsolete. the office, function, or commission of a legate.
- of or relating to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work well with up-to-date systems.
Origin of legacy
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Examples from the Web for legacy
Unfortunately, this is more about protecting the legacy of a ‘great man.’
I don't know why or who's doing it, but it's the legacy…and it's a legacy that is so important to the culture.
The TVA, a federally owned and chartered electric power provider, is a New Deal legacy just like Social Security.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
With the midterm elections safely in the rearview mirror, Obama is on legacy patrol.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
But at 45, Branch died of a reported suicide, leaving behind family, friends and a legacy that goes beyond the beauty industry.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
He came more and more to feel that Raby was a legacy left by Hetty to him.Hetty's Strange History
The cheque was returned, the legacy refused, the writer being in no need of money.Howards End
E. M. Forster
He had had several talks with Bradley and with her about her legacy from Judge Knowles.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He told of the lawyer's letter, omitting for the present the news of the legacy.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
And then, in this December of the year 1910, fell as from a clear sky the legacy of a grandson.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- a gift by will, esp of money or personal property
- something handed down or received from an ancestor or predecessor
- (modifier) surviving computer systems, hardware, or softwarelegacy network; legacy application
Word Origin and History for legacy
late 14c., "body of persons sent on a mission," from Old French legatie "legate's office," from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin legatus "ambassador, envoy," noun use of past participle of legare "appoint by a last will, send as a legate" (see legate). Sense of "property left by will" appeared in Scottish mid-15c.