Meaning of hand-me-down
Pronunciation: (hand'mē-doun", han'-), [key]
- an article of clothing passed on to another person after being used, outgrown, etc.: The younger children wore the hand-me-downs of the older ones.
- any item not new that is or can be used again: Our office furniture was a collection of hand-me-downs.
- passed along for further use by others: some hand-me-down clothes from my older brother.
- borrowed or adapted from other sources; derivative: a street full of hand-me-down architecture.