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.
- pat·ri·mo·ni·al, adjective
- pat·ri·mo·ni·al·ly, adverb
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How to use patrimony in a sentence
In the fifth century the Salic law repealed the right of inheritance of women to patrimonial estates.Woman and Socialism | August Bebel
Our patrimonial estate was greatly impaired by his prodigality, and was altogether lost by his successor, my unfortunate father.Rob Roy, Volume 1., Illustrated | Sir Walter Scott
Since then it has remained in the same family, its pride, its patrimonial jewel, its Regent diamond.La Grenadiere | Honore de Balzac
Light rest the turf upon him beneath his own patrimonial oaks!The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII) | John Greenleaf Whittier
I was born to no proud patrimonial estate; from my father I inherited only infancy, ignorance, and indigence.Kentucky in American Letters, v. 1 of 2 | John Wilson Townsend
British Dictionary definitions for patrimony
an inheritance from one's father or other ancestor
the endowment of a church
- patrimonial (ˌpætrɪˈməʊnɪəl), adjective
- patrimonially, adverb
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