The definition of an heirloom is something with monetary or sentimental value that has belonged to a family for several generations.(noun)
Your grandmother's wedding ring which is handed down to your mother and then you is an example of an heirloom.
See heirloom in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME heir lome: see heir & loom
See heirloom in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English heirlome
Origin: : heir, heir; see heir
Origin: + lome, implement; see loom2.
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