What does the word heirloom mean?

Usage examples for heirloom

  1. Our tree o'ershadowing the sons of care, Our palace welcoming the weary guest, Our precious jewel and our heirloom rare, Our birthright and our patrimony blest, Art thou, to guard and keep for ever fair, Sweet Christian Sabbath- day of joy and rest. – Sonnets and Other Verse by W. M. MacKeracher
  2. But here stern voices drown'd the mournful word, 73 Crying-" Men's freedom is the heritage Left by the Hero of the Diamond Sword," And others answer'd-" Nay, the knightly age Leaves, as its heirloom, knighthood, and that high Life in sublimer life called loyalty." – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  3. It was her great- grandmother's; her chief heirloom after the pearls. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009