- 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 patrimonial
Probably her own patrimonial resources will preserve her from indigence.Famous American Statesmen
Sarah Knowles Bolton
I had patrimonial wealth in Apulia; I had kindred; I had friends.
In his solitude, anxieties about his patrimonial property added to the sorrows of the exile.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
It must also be remembered that Donald Cameron was at this time only nominally the proprietor of the patrimonial estates.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745.
Several colonies were sent out from his monastery, which was built on his patrimonial estate near Montpellier.A Short History of Monks and Monasteries
Alfred Wesley Wishart
- an inheritance from one's father or other ancestor
- the endowment of a church
Word Origin and History for patrimonial
1520s, from Middle French patrimonial- and directly from Late Latin patrimonialis, from Latin patrimonium (see 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.