AskDefine | Define heirloom

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



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


Extensive Definition

Heirloom may refer to:
  • Antique, an old collectible item passed down from one generation to another
  • Heirloom (law), in English law, an item which may not be separated from an estate in inheritance
  • Heirloom plant, an open-pollinated cultivar that is no longer commonly used in large-scale agriculture
  • Heirloom toolchest, a port of classic UNIX tools, updated for new Unices.
  • Heirloom, something that has been passed down for generations through family members

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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