- an estate inherited from one's father or ancestors.
- any quality, characteristic, etc., that is inherited; heritage.
- the aggregate of one's property.
- the estate or endowment of a church, religious house, etc.
Origin of patrimony
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Examples from the Web for patrimony
She revealed her patrimony after Thurmond died; his family later acknowledged the relationship.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
Paeans to patrimony and to the sanctity of land are good at rallying the faithful not only for Jews, but also Arabs.Memo to Bibi Netanyahu: It’s Time to Build an Arsenal of Awe
December 2, 2013
One of them, the former probably, was the patrimony of Llywarch Hen.Y Gododin
Still, fate can rob us of our patrimony, she replied, after a pause.The Fifth String
John Philip Sousa
“Of that patrimony I now have thirteen cents left,” Don continued.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
But I have lost all my patrimony, and I will accept nothing.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Within a day or so he came to consult me about a mortgage on his patrimony.'Charge It'
- an inheritance from one's father or other ancestor
- the endowment of a church
Word Origin and History for patrimony
mid-14c., "property of the Church," also "spiritual legacy of Christ," from Old French patremoine "heritage, patrimony" (12c.) and directly from Latin patrimonium "a paternal estate, inheritance from a father," also figurative, from pater (genitive patris) "father" (see father (n.)) + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition. Meaning "property inherited from a father or ancestors" is attested from late 14c. Figurative sense of "immaterial things handed down from the past" is from 1580s. A curious sense contrast to matrimony.