Word of the day

The word for today is…

patrimony (form) – 1. (a) An inheritance from a father or paternal ancestor.
(b) An inheritance or legacy; heritage.
2. An endowment or estate belonging to an institution, especially a church.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Mid-14th c3ntury, “property of the Church,” also “spiritual legacy of Christ,” from Old French patremoine “heritage, patrimony” (12th century) and directly from Latin patrimonium “a paternal estate, inheritance from a father,” also figurative, from pater (genitive patris) “father” + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition. Meaning “property inherited from a father or ancestors” is attested from late 14th century Figurative sense of “immaterial things handed down from the past” is from 1580s.


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