patrimony

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1513. From patrimoyne, from patremoyne, from Middle French patrimoine/patremoine, from Latin patrimōnium, from pater (father) + -mōnium (state, condition).

Noun[edit]

patrimony (plural patrimonies)

  1. A right or estate inherited from one's father; or, in a larger sense, from any ancestor.
  2. Formerly, a church estate or endowment.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (inheritance from one's ancestor): heirloom

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