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Syllabification: leg·a·cy
Pronunciation: /ˈleɡəsē

Definition of legacy in English:

noun (plural legacies)

1An amount of money or property left to someone in a will.
Example sentences
  • Bentham tells the family that they are about to inherit a legacy from a relative.
  • They have income from legacies or property sales, and they will take in a lot from collections.
  • Partnerships will bring you wealth and success and you may inherit a legacy.
bequest, inheritance, heritage, endowment, gift, patrimony, settlement, birthright
formal benefaction
1.1A thing handed down by a predecessor: the legacy of centuries of neglect
More example sentences
  • The original was cool, but this one tries with unsuccessful results to live up to the legacy of its predecessor.
  • Many have commented on how the lasting divisions on the sub-continent are partly a legacy of British colonialism.
  • One of the major themes of the book is the ongoing legacy of colonialism.
consequence, effect, upshot, spin-off, repercussion, aftermath, by-product, result


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Denoting software or hardware that has been superseded but is difficult to replace because of its wide use.
Example sentences
  • Then new projects that could have gone with the legacy platform start going to the new one.
  • None of these legacy ports are able to handle the high bandwidth peripherals of today.
  • The legacy server may reside on a different machine and is the third tier in our architecture.


late Middle English (also denoting the function or office of a deputy, especially a papal legate): from Old French legacie, from medieval Latin legatia 'legateship', from legatus 'person delegated' (see legate).

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