Origin of primogeniture
Examples from the Web for primogeniture
The modern equivalent of primogeniture in the U.S., as Schine sees it, is divorce.
He has the primogeniture, and the dominion over all things, the entire universe of existences being subordinated to him.
This gives a second storey, which in its turn receives provisions and an egg, the second in order of primogeniture.Bramble-bees and Others|J. Henri Fabre
How justly they conferred upon him this rank of primogeniture, I will not determine.
Wherever the right of primogeniture is established, property must accumulate and remain in families.
One need not sell his individuality for a mess of pottage, as Esau sold his primogeniture.
British Dictionary definitions for primogeniture
Word Origin for primogeniture
Word Origin and History for primogeniture
"right of succession of the first-born," c.1600, from French primogeniture and directly from Medieval Latin primogenitura, from Late Latin primogenitus "first-born," from Latin primo (adv.) "first in order of time," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + genitus, past participle of gignere "to beget" (see genus). Earlier it meant simply "fact of being first-born" (1590s).
Culture definitions for primogeniture
A system of inheritance in which land passes exclusively to the eldest son. Until the Industrial Revolution, this system severely restricted the freedom of younger sons, who were often forced into the military or the clergy to earn a living.