What does the word patrimony mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Patrimonial.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Patrimonially.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • An inherited estate; inheritance.

Usage examples for patrimony

  1. The new Emperor, beginning his reign by putting several of his predecessor's adherents to death, caused Jacob's widow to fear for the safety of her sons; she therefore sent trusty messengers to them with a quantity of gold and precious stones, and bid them quit the country for a more secure asylum until their friends had rallied sufficiently to recover them their patrimony. – Claimants to Royalty by John H. Ingram
  2. Next me, at the long table where we were all thrown in together,- all who could not pay for private meals,- sat a poor fellow who had flung away a patrimony of three thousand a year. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  3. " Pardieu," said Montreal, with a stern smile, " I ought to be thankful for the preference shown to me; I have not yet received the commands, nor felt the vengeance, of the Tribune; yet, methinks, my humble castle lies just within the patrimony of St. Peter." – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton