Part of speech: noun

A bequest.

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Usage examples "legacy":

  1. He had received as a legacy from an uncle a few shares of stock in the Traders' Bank, and now his joy was turned to bitterness: he had to sacrifice everything he had in the world, and his feeling against Paul Armstrong, dead, as he was, must have been bitter in the extreme. - "The Circular Staircase", Mary Roberts Rinehart.
  2. It was now two years since Robert had inherited a small legacy of money from an aunt, and spent it in waste, as the farmer bitterly supposed. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  3. The inheritance of tragedy from the Middle Ages includes an important legacy from literature entirely apart from the drama. - "Tragedy", Ashley H. Thorndike.