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First attested in 1513. From patrimoyne, from patremoyne, from Middle French patrimoine/patremoine, from Latin patrimōnium, from pater (“father”) + -mōnium (“state, condition”). Also patri- + -mony. Compare matrimony
patrimony (plural patrimonies)
- A right or estate inherited from one's father; or, in a larger sense, from any ancestor.
- Synonym: heirloom
- Formerly, a church estate or endowment.
inheritance from one's ancestor