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

 

heirloom

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈeəluːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈerluːm//
 
Family background
 
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a valuable object that has belonged to the same family for many years a family heirloom Use an, not a, before heirloom. See related entries: Family background Word Origin late Middle English: from heir + loom (noun: which formerly had the senses ‘tool, heirloom’).
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