Definition of LEGACY
1: a gift by will especially of money or other personal property : bequest
2: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past <the legacy of the ancient philosophers>
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Examples of LEGACY
- She left us a legacy of a million dollars.
- He left his children a legacy of love and respect.
- The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.
- Her artistic legacy lives on through her children.
Origin of LEGACY
Middle English legacie office of a legate, bequest, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, office of a legate, from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin legatus
First Known Use: 15th century
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Synonyms:bequest, birthright, heritage, inheritance, patrimony
Related Words:heirloom; bestowal, gift, offering, present [+]more[-]hide
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