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



    BrE BrE//ˌpraɪməʊˈdʒenɪtʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpraɪmoʊˈdʒenɪtʃər//
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  1. 1(formal) the fact of being the first child born in a family
  2. 2(law) the system in which the oldest son in a family receives all the property when his father dies
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin primogenitura, from Latin primo ‘first’ + genitura ‘geniture’ (a person's birth).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: primogeniture