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Meaning of HEIRLOOM

Pronunciation:  'ehr`loom

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that has been in a family for generations
  2. [n]  (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance

HEIRLOOM is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: belongings, heritage, holding, inheritance, material possession, property



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Heir"loom`\, n. [Heir + loom, in its earlier sense of
implement, tool. See {Loom} the frame.]
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.

      Woe to him whose daring hand profanes The honored
      heirlooms of his ancestors.              --Moir.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bequeathal, bequest, birthright, borough-English, coheirship, coparcenary, entail, gavelkind, heirship, hereditament, heritable, heritage, heritance, incorporeal hereditament, inheritance, law of succession, legacy, line of succession, mode of succession, patrimony, postremogeniture, primogeniture, reversion, succession, ultimogeniture