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noun, plural pat·ri·mo·nies.
  1. an estate inherited from one's father or ancestors.
  2. any quality, characteristic, etc., that is inherited; heritage.
  3. the aggregate of one's property.
  4. the estate or endowment of a church, religious house, etc.
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Origin of patrimony

1300–50; Middle English patrimonie < Middle French < Latin patrimōnium. See patri-, -mony
Related formspat·ri·mo·ni·al, adjectivepat·ri·mo·ni·al·ly, adverb

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Related Words for patrimonial

affiliated, congenital, consanguine, consanguineous, familial, hereditary, inborn, inbred, inherited, innate, maternal, old, past, paternal, genealogical, lineal, totemic, tribal

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Historical Examples of patrimonial

  • Probably her own patrimonial resources will preserve her from indigence.

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  • 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.

  • It must also be remembered that Donald Cameron was at this time only nominally the proprietor of the patrimonial estates.

  • Several colonies were sent out from his monastery, which was built on his patrimonial estate near Montpellier.

British Dictionary definitions for patrimonial


noun plural -nies
  1. an inheritance from one's father or other ancestor
  2. the endowment of a church
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Derived Formspatrimonial (ˌpætrɪˈməʊnɪəl), adjectivepatrimonially, adverb

Word Origin for patrimony

C14 patrimoyne, from Old French, from Latin patrimonium paternal inheritance
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Word Origin and History for patrimonial


1520s, from Middle French patrimonial- and directly from Late Latin patrimonialis, from Latin patrimonium (see patrimony).

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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.

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