Pat·ri·mo·ny n.; pl. Patrimonies
1. A right or estate inherited from one's father; or, in a larger sense, from any ancestor. “'Reave the orphan of his patrimony.”
2. Formerly, a church estate or endowment.
n 1: a church endowment
2: an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by
primogeniture) [syn: birthright]