Patrimony Pat"ri*mo*ny, n.; pl. {Patrimonies}. [L. patrimonium, fr. pater father: cf. F. patrimoine. See {Paternal}.] 1. A right or estate inherited from one's father; or, in a larger sense, from any ancestor. ``'Reave the orphan of his patrimony.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Formerly, a church estate or endowment. --Shipley. [1913 Webster]

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