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patrimony (ˈpætrɪmənɪ Pronunciation for patrimony



(plural) -nies
  1. an inheritance from one's father or other ancestor
  2. the endowment of a church

Derived Forms

patrimonial (ˌpætrɪˈməʊnɪəl Pronunciation for patrimonial  adjective
ˌpatriˈmonially adverb

Word Origin

C14 patrimoyne, from Old French, from Latin patrimonium paternal inheritance

Example Sentences Including 'patrimony'

Guala was not impressed, warned that John was the Pope's vassal and England part of the patrimony of the Holy Roman Church.
Penman, Sharon Here Be Dragons


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