- 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- of or relating to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work well with up-to-date systems.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 legacies
Second presidential terms are about policies, but they are also about legacies.Obama’s Shocking Success on Judgeships Overturns Conventional Wisdom
June 9, 2014
And as far as the GOP donor class goes, can you say legacies?Asians vs. Affirmative Action
March 31, 2014
His predecessors have almost all died of natural causes, leaving their legacies for others to shape.Benedict Could Be a Backseat Pope
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 12, 2013
They took control of their legacies, but they also took ownership of their images.Ann Romney’s Political Style on Mitt Romney’s Republican Campaign by Robin Givhan
August 27, 2012
Designers hew to their legacies for fall lines, while Armani argues against his reputation for elegance.Milan Fashion Week’s Big Finale: Versace and Dolce & Gabbana Wow, While Armani Falls Short
February 27, 2012
She left her legacies in the form of a petition to her husband.History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II.
James Anthony Froude
From that moment, no one heard any thing more of the legacies.The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
The remaining £3000 I was to pay in legacies and annuities to friends and servants.The Way of All Flesh
First, begin to pay the legacies,—fifteen thousand to the girls.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
The land may be responsible for some portion of his debts or legacies.Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee
(His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
- 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 legacies
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.