Definition of patrimony in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpatrəˌmōnē/

noun (plural patrimonies)

1Property inherited from one’s father or male ancestor.
Example sentences
  • The modern official formation of the Japanese canon of cultural patrimony dates back to the first cultural protection law of 1871.
  • According to the law of Abdera, whoever wasted his patrimony would be deprived of the rites of burial.
  • Several crumbling mansions also echo the misfortunes of wastrel sons who blew their patrimony on (as one local tells me), ‘fast women and slow horses’.
1.1Heritage: an organization that saves the world’s cultural patrimony by restoring historic buildings
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  • The importance of these collections in preserving the cultural patrimony of African Americans in particular and Americans in general is indisputable.
  • Such places of natural beauty were to be passed ‘as a sacred patrimony from generation to generation’.
  • And they wouldn't be considered cultural patrimony.
1.2chiefly historical The estate or property belonging by ancient endowment or right to a church or other institution.
Example sentences
  • Norman abbots energetically fought off the encroachments on the wealth and patrimony of the houses on which the abbots' own fates depended.
  • The most notable elements of the Andorran patrimony are its thirty Romanesque churches, almost all of them small, built between the ninth and the thirteenth centuries.



Pronunciation: /ˌpatrəˈmōnēəl/
Example sentences
  • In a traditional patrimonial system, all ruling relationships are personal relationships and the difference between the private and public spheres is nonexistent.
  • Of course, this is an additional patrimonial treasure that will increase the notoriety of Arles.
  • They underline the patrimonial structure of society in mobilizing the people.


Middle English: from Old French patrimoine, from Latin patrimonium, from pater, patr- 'father'.

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Syllabification: pat·ri·mo·ny

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