Definition of Heirloom

1. Noun. (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance.

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Belongings, Holding, Property
Group relationships: Heritage, Inheritance



2. Noun. Something that has been in a family for generations.
Generic synonyms: Heritage, Inheritance

Definition of Heirloom

1. n. Any furniture, movable, or personal chattel, which by law or special custom descends to the heir along with the inheritance; any piece of personal property that has been in a family for several generations.

Definition of Heirloom

1. Noun. A valued possession that has been passed down through the generations. ¹

2. Noun. A crop variety that has been passed down through generations of farmers by seed saving and cultivation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Heirloom

1. an inherited possession [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heirloom

heir
heir-at-law
heir apparent
heir presumptive
heirdom
heirdoms
heire
heired
heires
heiress
heiresses
heirhead
heirheads
heiring
heirless
heirloom (current term)
heirlooms
heirophant
heirophants
heirs
heirs apparent
heirship
heirships
heishi
heist
heisted
heister
heisters
heisting
heists

Literary usage of Heirloom

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1. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"A charming letter from his father to thia fiancee, and stone posset-pot, which is still preserved as a family heirloom. ..."

2. Camera (1907)
"... I would drinking out of a fragile glass that had been a family heirloom for an hundred years or so. A slip of the finger, and it might be gone forever. ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The magic of the mistletoe seems to be an heirloom from earliest Teutonic times. The magic of the Celts seems to have been in the hands of the druids, who, ..."

4. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"The chest in which «he was buried alive in her bridal dress was an heirloom, " richly carved by Antony of Trent, with Scripture stories from the life of ..."

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