AskDefine | Define patrimony

Dictionary Definition



1 a church endowment
2 an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture) [syn: birthright]

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First attested in 1513. From patrimoyne from patremoyne from etyl frm patrimoine/patremoine from etyl la patrimonium from pater + -monium.


  1. A right or estate inherited from one's father; or, in a larger sense, from any ancestor.
  2. Formerly, a church estate or endowment.


inheritance from one's father

Extensive Definition

Patrimony may refer to:
patrimony in French: Patrimoine
patrimony in Portuguese: Patrimônio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bequeathal, bequest, birthright, borough-English, coheirship, coparcenary, entail, gavelkind, heirloom, heirship, hereditament, heritable, heritage, heritance, incorporeal hereditament, inheritance, law of succession, legacy, line of succession, mode of succession, postremogeniture, primogeniture, reversion, succession, ultimogeniture
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