Definitions for Legacyˈlɛg ə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

leg•a•cyˈlɛg ə si(n.; adj.)(pl.)-cies

  1. (n.)(in a will) a gift of property, esp. personal property, as money; bequest.

    Category: Law

  2. anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.

  3. Obs. the office, function, or commission of a legate.

  4. a student at or applicant to a college that was attended by his or her parent.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (adj.)of or pertaining to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work well with up-to-date systems.

    Category: Computers

Origin of legacy:

1325–75; ME legacie office of a deputy or legate < ML lēgātia. See legate , -acy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bequest, legacy(noun)

    (law) a gift of personal property by will

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. legacy(noun)ˈlɛg ə si

    sth from a previous time that has influence now

    the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King's teachings; problems that are the legacy of three decades of conflict

  2. legacyˈlɛg ə si

    money or property sb leaves when they die

    his grandfather's legacy


  1. legacy(Noun)

    money or property bequeathed to someone in a will

  2. legacy(Noun)

    Something inherited from a predecessor; a heritage

    John Muir left as his legacy an enduring spirit of respect for the environment.

  3. legacy(Noun)

    The descendant of an alumnus

    Because she was a legacy, her mother's sorority rushed her.

  4. legacy(Adjective)

    of a computer system that has been in service for many years and that a business still relies upon, even though it is becoming expensive or difficult to maintain

  5. legacy(Adjective)

    left behind; old or no longer in active use

    They expect it to take years to process and import all the legacy data.

  6. Origin: From legacie, from legatia, from lēgātum, participle of lēgō.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legacy(noun)

    a gift of property by will, esp. of money or personal property; a bequest. Also Fig.; as, a legacy of dishonor or disease

  2. Legacy(noun)

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


  1. Legacy

    Legacy is an original novel written by Gary Russell and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace, Bernice, the Ice Warriors and Alpha Centauri and a return for the Doctor to Peladon. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Russell, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #211.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Legacy' in Nouns Frequency: #2670

Translations for Legacy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something left in a will by someone who has died

He was left a legacy by his great-aunt.

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