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Definition of patrimony noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    patrimony

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpætrɪməni//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætrɪmoʊni//
     
    [singular] (formal)
     
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  1. 1property that is given to somebody when their father dies synonym inheritance He feared that his patrimony would not be enough to cover the debts.
  2. 2the works of art and treasures of a nation, church, etc. synonym heritage The agency is responsible for conserving the country’s cultural patrimony.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French patrimoine, from Latin patrimonium, from pater, patr- ‘father’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patrimony