- Patrimony is something inherited from your father or your ancestor, or something that has been endowed to a church.
- A family home inherited from your father is an example of patrimony.
- A grant of money and property given to a church is an example of patrimony.
- property inherited from one's father or ancestors
- property endowed to an institution, as a church
- anything inherited, as a characteristic or tendency
Origin: Middle English patrimoigne from Old French patrimoine from Classical Latin patrimonium from pater, father plush -monium, -mony
- patrimonial adjective
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noun pl. pat·ri·mo·nies
- a. An inheritance from a father or other ancestor.b. An inheritance or legacy; heritage.
- An endowment or estate belonging to an institution, especially a church.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French patrimoine, from Latin patrimōnium, from pater, patr-, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.
- patˌri·moˈni·al adjective
- patˌri·moˈni·al·ly adverb