heirloom

An heirloom is something passed down in a family for generations. Your grandma's prized necklace could be an heirloom.

If you know that an heir is a younger person in a family who will inherit things when relatives die, you have a clue to the meaning of heirloom. An heirloom is a special thing that's handed down, sometimes through a will, but often just from person to person. A portrait of an ancestor could be an heirloom. Many families pass down heirloom jewelry. If you hear someone say, "This belonged to my great-great-grandfather" they're probably talking about an heirloom.

Definitions of heirloom
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n something that has been in a family for generations

Type of:
heritage, inheritance
that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

n (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance

Type of:
belongings, holding, property
something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

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