from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Money or property bequeathed to another by will.
- n. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past: a legacy of religious freedom. See Synonyms at heritage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. money or property bequeathed to someone in a will
- n. Something inherited from a predecessor; a heritage
- n. The descendant of an alumnus
- adj. of a computer system that has been in service for many years and that a business still relies upon, even though it is becoming expensive or difficult to maintain
- adj. left behind; old or no longer in active use
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gift of property by will, esp. of money or personal property; a bequest. Also Fig..
- n. A business with which one is intrusted by another; a commission; -- obsolete, except in the phrases last legacy, dying legacy, and the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Money or other property left by will; a bequest; specifically, a gift of personalty by will as distinguished from a devise or gift of realty.
- n. Anything bequeathed or handed down by an ancestor or a predecessor.
- n. A business which one has received from another to execute; a commission; an errand.
- n. Legation; embassy.
- To bequeath; assign as a legacy.
- To leave a legacy to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (law) a gift of personal property by will
Middle English legacie, office of a deputy, from Old French, from Medieval Latin lēgātia, from Latin lēgātus, past participle of lēgāre, to depute, bequeath; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French legacie, from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin lēgātum, participle of lēgō. (Wiktionary)