noun Etymology: Middle English patrimoine, patrimonie, from Anglo-French patremoine, from Latin patrimonium, from patr-, pater father Date: 14th century 1. a. an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor b. anything derived from one's father or ancestors ; heritage 2. an estate or endowment belonging by ancient right to a church • patrimonial adjective

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  • patrimony — pat·ri·mo·ny / pa trə ˌmō nē/ n pl nies [Middle French patrimonie, from Latin patrimonium, from patr pater father] 1: an estate inherited from one s father or ancestor to deprive her and her coheirs of their patrimony Wells Fargo Bank v. Kincaid …   Law dictionary

  • patrimony — pat‧ri‧mo‧ny [ˈpætrməni ǁ moʊni] noun [uncountable] LAW property, goods etc that are passed through a family or nation over a very long period of time; = INHERITANCE: • Under the service contract, any oil found remains the exclusive patrimony of …   Financial and business terms

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patrimony — (n.) mid 14c., property of the Church, also spiritual legacy of Christ, from O.Fr. patrimonie (12c.), from L. patrimonium a paternal estate, inheritance, from pater (gen. patris) father (see FATHER (Cf. father) (n.)) + monium, suffix signifying… …   Etymology dictionary

  • patrimony — *heritage, inheritance, birthright …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • patrimony — ► NOUN (pl. patrimonies) 1) property inherited from one s father or male ancestor. 2) heritage. ORIGIN Latin patrimonium, from pater father …   English terms dictionary

  • patrimony — [pa′trə mō΄nē] n. pl. patrimonies [ME patrimoigne < OFr patrimoine < L patrimonium < pater,FATHER + monium, MONY] 1. property inherited from one s father or ancestors 2. property endowed to an institution, as a church 3. anything… …   English World dictionary

  • patrimony — [[t]pæ̱trɪməni, AM moʊni[/t]] 1) N SING Someone s patrimony is the possessions that they have inherited from their father or ancestors. [FORMAL] I left my parents house, relinquished my estate and my patrimony. 2) N SING A country s patrimony is… …   English dictionary

  • patrimony — /paetramaniy/ Such estate as has descended in the same family. Estates which have descended or been devised in a direct line from the father, and, by extension, from the mother or other ancestor. It has been held that the word is not necessarily… …   Black's law dictionary

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