Meaning of patrimony


Pronunciation: (pa'tru-mō"nē), [key]
— pl. -nies.
  1. an estate inherited from one's father or ancestors.
  2. any quality, characteristic, etc., that is inherited; heritage.
  3. the aggregate of one's property.
  4. the estate or endowment of a church, religious house, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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