Heirloom meaning

âr'lo͝om'
The definition of an heirloom is something with monetary or sentimental value that has belonged to a family for several generations.

Your grandmother's wedding ring which is handed down to your mother and then you is an example of an heirloom.

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A valued possession passed down in a family through succeeding generations.
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An article of personal property that passes by custom along with the estate to an heir, instead of being subject to the executor of the estate.
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A cultivar of a vegetable or fruit that is open-pollinated and is not grown widely for commercial purposes. An heirloom often exhibits a distinctive characteristic such as superior flavor or unusual coloration.
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A piece of personal property that goes to an heir along with an estate.
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Any treasured possession handed down from generation to generation.
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Designating or of a type of cultivated vegetable, fruit, flower, etc. that is an older, traditional variety rather than a modern hybrid.
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A valued possession that has been passed down through the generations.
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A crop variety that has been passed down through generations of farmers by seed saving and cultivation.
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Origin of heirloom

  • Middle English heirlome heir heir heir lome implement loom2
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English heirlome (“heirloom”, literally “a tool or article passed to one's heirs”), equivalent to heir +‎ loom.
    From Wiktionary