- n. 遗产；祖传的财物；继承物（特征、性格等）；教会的财产
- patrimony: see patron
- patrimony (n.)
- mid-14c., "property of the Church," also "spiritual legacy of Christ," from Old French patremoine "heritage, patrimony" (12c.) and directly from Latin patrimonium "a paternal estate, inheritance from a father," also figurative, from pater (genitive patris) "father" (see father (n.)) + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition. Meaning "property inherited from a father or ancestors" is attested from late 14c. Figurative sense of "immaterial things handed down from the past" is from 1580s. A curious sense contrast to matrimony.
- 1. In the 1930's, The National Trust began its campaign to save Britain's patrimony of threatened country houses.
- 2. I left my parents' house, relinquished my estate and my patrimony.
- 3. They maintained a superior legal position and imposed traditional notions of patrimony.
- 4. Gambling has come to the rescue of China's cultural patrimony.
- 5. His grandfather left the patrimony to him.
[ patrimony 造句 ]