What does legacy mean?

Definitions for legacy
ˈlɛg ə silega·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bequest, legacynoun

    (law) a gift of personal property by will


  1. legacynoun

    money or property bequeathed to someone in a will

  2. legacynoun

    Something inherited from a predecessor; a heritage

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

  3. legacynoun

    The descendant of an alumnus

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

  4. legacyadjective

    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. legacyadjective

    left behind; old or no longer in active use

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Legacynoun

    Legacy is a particular thing given by last will and testament. John Cowell

    Etymology: legatum, Latin.

    If there be no such thing apparent upon record, they do as if one should demand a legacy by force and virtue of some written testament, wherein there being no such thing specified, he pleadeth that there it must needs be, and bringeth arguments from the love or good-will which always the testator bore him; imagining, that these, or the like proofs, will convict a testament to have that in it, which other men can no-where by reading find. Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    Go you to Cæsar’s house;
    Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine
    How to cut off some charge in legacies. William Shakespeare, J. Cæsar.

    Good counsel is the best legacy a father can leave a child. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    When he thought you gone
    T’ augment the number of the bless’d above,
    He deem’d ’em legacies of royal love;
    Nor arm’d, his brothers portions to invade,
    But to defend the present you had made. Dryden.

    When the heir of this vast treasure knew,
    How large a legacy was left to you,
    He wisely ty’d it to the crown again. Dryden.

    Leave to thy children tumult, strife, and war,
    Portions of toil, and legacies of care. Matthew Prior.


  1. Legacy

    "The Legacy is the fourth single by American rock band Black Veil Brides, and the second single from their second album Set the World on Fire. It was leaked on YouTube May 29 from an online radio site. It is also their first charting single, peaking at #28 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song is about the band leaving a legacy that will change the world. As lead vocalist Andy put it, "In life, everyone wants to leave a legacy. This song is about when we first started touring together as a band and the absolute love and devotion we have received from the BVB Army. Together we have created something amazing. This will be our Legacy."


  1. legacy

    Legacy can be defined as something that is handed down or inherited from the past, typically from one generation to another. It represents a result or consequence of past actions, achievements, or contributions that continue to have significance or impact into the present and future. It can pertain to a wide range of areas, such as traditions, culture, property, reputation, achievements, or ideals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legacynoun

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

  2. Legacynoun

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

  3. Etymology: [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. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Legacy

    leg′a-si, n. that which is left to one by will: a bequest of personal property.—ns. Leg′acy-hunt′er, one who hunts after legacies by courting those likely to leave them; Leg′atary, a legatee; Legatee′, one to whom a legacy is bequeathed.—Legacy duty, a duty levied on legacies, varying according to degree of relationship, and reaching its maximum where the legatee is not related to the testator.—Cumulative, or Substitutional, legacy, a second legacy given to the same person, either in addition to or in place of the first; Demonstrative legacy, a general legacy, but with a particular fund named from which it is to be satisfied; General legacy, a sum of money payable out of the assets generally; Residuary legatee, the person to whom the remainder of the property is left after all claims are discharged; Specific legacy, a legacy of a definite thing, as jewels, pictures, a sum of stock in the Funds, &c. [L. legatumlegāre, to leave by will.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Legacy

    Legacy is what lives on after one's demise.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 4, 2018  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Legacy is ranked #42937 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Legacy surname appeared 504 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Legacy.

    92.8% or 468 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 10 total occurrences were Black.
    1.1% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of legacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of legacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of legacy in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    No legacy is so rich as honesty.

  2. The Pope:

    Do not forget that the greatest legacy that you can give your children is faith. Cherish it to make sure is not lost, to make it grow and to leave it as a legacy.

  3. Wendy Anderson:

    I feel her presence out there, shes as competitive as I am and supported what we did and all those kids. Thats the kind of legacy that keeps you going. I dont want to let her down, either, and her legacy. Ive never seen anybody fight as hard as she fought the last two years. If Im feeling sorry for myself or being lazy, Ive got to live up to her legacy.

  4. Nick Nuessle:

    The legacy of Democrats and Republicans approaches Libertarianism by bankruptcy.

  5. Sanita Belgrave:

    We think legacy is like a balloon being inflated and so we expect to see the results. Truthfully, legacy is more like the air going into the balloon, whether we witness the outcome or not, lives are being touched.

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