Examples from the Web for heirloom
Walking through rows of Swiss chard, heirloom tomatoes, leeks, and artichokes, he can tell you exactly when each is at its peak.
They had to infect the perfectly adequate data with the totally improbable idea of a 400-year-old heirloom elk antler tool.Incontrovertible Evidence Proves the First Americans Came From Asia|Doug Peacock|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then heirloom varieties tend to be more nutritious—and delicious—than modern, overbred varieties.
Unfortunately, most heirloom apple trees have long since been ripped out of the ground.
The jewelry—rock crystals inset in silver—was bold but not ostentatious thanks to its antique finish and heirloom quality.Milan Fall Fashion Week 2012: Raf Simons’s Last Collection at Jil Sander|Robin Givhan|February 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Many think that any chattel may be made an heirloom by any owner of it.
She said they were an heirloom from her mother, who had brought the stones from India and had them linked together in England.Johnny Ludlow. First Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
If the diamonds formed part of an heirloom,—and there is evidence that it is so,—you must give them up.
An heirloom in the strict sense is made by family custom, not by settlement.
The Boer carefully weighed them out with some scales of his own that were evidently an heirloom.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)|Louis Creswicke
British Dictionary definitions for heirloom
Word Origin for heirloom
Word Origin and History for heirloom
early 15c., ayre lome, a hybrid from heir + loom in its original but now otherwise obsolete sense of "implement, tool." Technically, some piece of property that by will or custom passes down with the real estate.