Definition of heirloom in English:


Line breaks: heir|loom
Pronunciation: /ˈɛːluːm


1A valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations: the violin was a family heirloom
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  • She looked around the room slowly, her eyes taking in everything from the expensive paintings and family heirlooms dotted around the room, to the Oriental rug.
  • Some include journal entries or family heirlooms such as recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
  • The situation hasn't quite reached the stage where pre-bookings are handed down through the generations like family heirlooms, but getting a pitch at peak times is difficult.
1.1 [as modifier] chiefly North American Denoting a traditional variety of plant or breed of animal which is not associated with large-scale commercial agriculture: his garden is filled with heirloom vegetables free-range heirloom pork
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  • Every year I visit apple orchards in one or the other region and taste as many heirloom varieties as I can.
  • There's been a reawakening of interest in heirloom melons among home gardeners.
  • On their farm in Carmel Valley, Jon and Nancy embrace the seasons and grow unusual and heirloom vegetables.


late Middle English: from heir + loom1 (which formerly had the senses 'tool, heirloom').

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