What does the word bequest mean?

Usage examples for bequest

  1. The French themselves had the King's Library, a vast accumulation at St. Victor's, and a rich bequest from De Thou; but the use of all this wealth of books was hampered by the most complicated restrictions. – The Great Book-Collectors by Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
  2. The first was a bequest to him of the cottage and all within it; the second was but a little slip on which the dying woman had written her last sad messages to him: Oh, my love! – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  3. A bequest of money securities includes a note secured by mortgage. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles