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ˈlɛg ə silega·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bequest, legacy(noun)

    (law) a gift of personal property by will

Wiktionary

  1. legacy(Noun)

    money or property bequeathed to someone in a will

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

  2. legacy(Noun)

    Something inherited from a predecessor; a heritage

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

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

  3. legacy(Noun)

    The descendant of an alumnus

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

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

  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

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

  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.

    Etymology: 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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

Freebase

  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  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Emeasoba George:

    Legacy is simply what you will be remembered for or celebrated for after your demise. In other words, legacy is all about what you've succeeded in building or destroying during your lifetime. Yes! that is it. Anyway, endeavour to succeed in leaving only positive legacy behind rather than negative aspect of it. For, positive legacy is the only legacy that is ever worth leaving behind for the posterity ahead. ~Emeasoba George

  2. Brett Kavanaugh:

    My legacy is secure.

  3. Roger Ferguson of TIAA:

    Particularly with the pandemic issues we are confronting in 2020, this is a time when we must embrace our differences and become more inclusive, no group should ever be targeted for racism, harassment or other form of discrimination. At TIAA, we are committed to playing our part to constructively engage as difference makers, consistent with our guiding values and, indeed, our legacy of inclusive leadership.

  4. Adam Pendleton:

    Today, Nina Simone's legacy is as important as ever, this preservation easement is another step towards ensuring that Nina Simone childhood home, and the history it embodies, persists long into the future.

  5. Meghan McCain:

    My father's legacy is going to be talked about hundreds and hundreds of years. These people : Nothingburgers. Nobody is going to remember you.

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