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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.

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  

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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. Johnny Wowk:

    Leave your legacy today before you're gone tomorrow. -Johnny Wowk AKA Johnny The Walker

  2. Astronaut Scott Kelly:

    I ’d like for the legacy of this flight to be that we can decide to do hard things and hard things that will take us further away from the Earth and this is one of them, i ’m hopeful and I think we will learn a lot about longer duration space flight and how that will take us to Mars someday. So, I would like to think this is another of many stepping stones to us landing on Mars some time in our future.

  3. Rob Kraft:

    Were still carrying on Pauls legacy to honor our service members, this originated from his desire to honor his fathers service to his country, and to remember our service members and to make sure that future generations remember that as well, and they actually understand what that means and to respect that.

  4. Michael Roche:

    This helps eliminate some of the legacy debt of the 2001 default, i had expected them to target the discounts which have a 8.28% coupon, but that would take a fair amount of outlay to extinguish.

  5. Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant:

    I try to look at my legacy and how it impacts the future of the game, i'm not looking at my legacy from the standpoint of where I fit in with the greatest of all time.

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    a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
    • A. sundog
    • B. allogamy
    • C. substrate
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