a person to whom a legacy is bequeathed.

Origin of legatee

1670–80; < Latin lēgāt(us) (see legate) + -ee
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Contemporary Examples of legatee

  • Varun sees himself as a legatee of his father, Sanjay Gandhi, not his great-grandfather Nehru.

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    Gandhi Family Feud

    Shoma Chaudhury

    April 12, 2009

Historical Examples of legatee

British Dictionary definitions for legatee



a person to whom a legacy is bequeathedCompare devisee
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