noun, plural pat·ri·mo·nies.
- patriot act,
- patriots' day
Origin of patrimony
Examples from the Web for patrimony
She revealed her patrimony after Thurmond died; his family later acknowledged the relationship.
His father, alarmed and angered at his acts called him before the Bishop to force him to give up his patrimony.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church|Alexander Clarence Flick
I was ushered into this land of hope and sunny smiles with scarcely any other patrimony than a name.Trifles for the Christmas Holidays|H. S. Armstrong
Your brother lives on his patrimony—which you have told me is immense—you by your industry, my dear Chevalier.The Virginians|William Makepeace Thackeray
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for 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.