1 a church endowment
2 an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture) [syn: birthright]
EtymologyFirst attested in 1513. From patrimoyne from patremoyne from etyl frm patrimoine/patremoine from etyl la patrimonium from pater + -monium.
- A right or estate inherited from one's father; or, in a larger sense, from any ancestor.
- Formerly, a church estate or endowment.
inheritance from one's father
Patrimony may refer to:
- Property or other legal entitlements inherited from (or through) one's father, especially if it has been handed down through generations in the same family, birthright.
- The sum total of all personal and real entitlements, including movable and immovable property, belonging to a real person or a moral person.
- Patrimony of affectation
- Family patrimony
- National patrimony, the store of wealth or accumulated reserves of a national economy
- The Patrimony of St. Peter, a mediæval state in Italy, ruled by the Pope; see Papal States and Patrimonium Sancti Petri
- Patrimony (novel), a science fiction novel by Alan Dean Foster
- Patrimony: A True Story, a non-fiction memoir by American novelist Philip Roth
- A qualification for certain awards, honors, or privileges — such as the Freedom of the City of London
patrimony in French: Patrimoine
patrimony in Portuguese: Patrimônio
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