What does the word legacy mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by George Meredith
  3. The inheritance of tragedy from the Middle Ages includes an important legacy from literature entirely apart from the drama. – Tragedy by Ashley H. Thorndike