Definitions for: Legacy

[n] (law) a gift of personal property by will

Webster (1913) Definition: Leg"a*cy (l[e^]g"[.a]*s[y^]), n.; pl. Legacies
(-s[i^]z). [L. (assumed) legatia, for legatum, from legare to
appoint by last will, to bequeath as a legacy, to depute: cf.
OF. legat legacy. See Legate.]
1. A gift of property by will, esp. of money or personal
property; a bequest. Also Fig.; as, a legacy of dishonor
or disease.

2. A business with which one is intrusted by another; a
commission; -- obsolete, except in the phrases last
legacy, dying legacy, and the like.

My legacy and message wherefore I am sent into the
world. --Tyndale.

He came and told his legacy. --Chapman.

Legacy duty, a tax paid to government on legacies.

Legacy hunter, one who flatters and courts any one for the
sake of a legacy.

Synonyms: bequest

See Also: gift, heritage, inheritance

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