- the condition or fact of being the firstborn of the same parents
- Law the exclusive right of the eldest son to inherit his father's estate
Origin of primogenitureMedieval Latin primogenitura from Classical Latin primus, first + genitura, a begetting from genitus: see primogenitor
- The state of being the firstborn or eldest child of the same parents.
- Law The right of the eldest child, especially the eldest son, to inherit the entire estate of one or both parents.
Origin of primogenitureLate Latin prīmōgenitūra Latin prīmō at first ( from prīmus first ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.)Latin genitūra birth ( from genitus ) ( past participle of gignere to beget ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.)
- pri′mo·gen′i·tar′y pri′mo·gen′i·tal
(countable and uncountable, plural primogenitures)
- The state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents.
- An exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the eldest son.
Late Latin primogenitura, from Latin primus + genitura birth, from genitus, past participle of gignere
primogeniture - Legal Definition