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1. A valued possession passed down in a family through succeeding generations.
2. Law An article of personal property that passes by custom along with the estate to an heir, instead of being subject to the executor of the estate.
3. Botany A cultivar of a vegetable or fruit that is open-pollinated and is not grown widely for commercial purposes. An heirloom often exhibits a distinctive characteristic such as superior flavor or unusual coloration.

[Middle English heirlome : heir, heir; see heir + lome, implement; see loom2.]


1. an object that has been in a family for generations
2. (Law) property law a chattel inherited by special custom or in accordance with the terms of a will
[C15: from heir + lome tool; see loom1]



1. a family possession handed down from generation to generation.
2. Law. property neither personal nor real that descends to the heir of an estate as part of the real property.
3. being an old variety that is being cultivated again: heirloom fruits and vegetables.
[1375–1425; late Middle English heirlome. See heir, loom1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heirloom - (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritanceheirloom - (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
belongings, property, holding - something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";
inheritance, heritage - that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
2.heirloom - something that has been in a family for generations
inheritance, heritage - that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
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[ˈɛəluːm] Nreliquia f de familia


[ˈɛərluːm] n (= piece of furniture) → meuble m de famille (= piece of jewellery) → bijou m de famille (= picture) → tableau m de famille


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[ˈɛəluːm] n this picture is a family heirloomè un quadro di famiglia


() feminine ˈheiress noun
a person who by law receives wealth, property etc when the owner dies. A person's eldest son is usually his heir; A king's eldest son is the heir to the throne.
ˈheirloom (-luːm) noun
something valuable that has been handed down in a family from generation to generation. This brooch is a family heirloom.
References in classic literature ?
All of them were pure specimens of a breed which had been transmitted down as an heirloom in the Pyncheon family, and were said, while in their prime, to have attained almost the size of turkeys, and, on the score of delicate flesh, to be fit for a prince's table.
Surveyor Pue, emphatically nodding the head that looked so imposing within its memorable wig; "do this, and the profit shall be all your own You will shortly need it; for it is not in your days as it was in mine, when a man's office was a life-lease, and oftentimes an heirloom.
After supper and punch we had an hour's soothing smoke while we fought the naval battle over again and voted the resolutions; then we retired to exceedingly neat and pretty chambers upstairs that had clean, comfortable beds in them with heirloom pillowcases most elaborately and tastefully embroidered by hand.
This dark old square of canvas, my fair cousin," said he, "has been an heirloom in the Province House from time immemorial.
Meriones, who had come in fourth, carried off the two talents of gold, and the fifth prize, the two-handled urn, being unawarded, Achilles gave it to Nestor, going up to him among the assembled Argives and saying, "Take this, my good old friend, as an heirloom and memorial of the funeral of Patroclus--for you shall see him no more among the Argives.
But, to tell you the truth, I have no faith in this idea of the snake's being an heirloom.
But the sentiment was there; as clear a flame as ever burned on earth from the most remote ages before that eternal thing which is in you, which is your heirloom.
Probably it was part of the original furniture, an heirloom in this magnificent palace of the Irish kings.
Does he too want you, or has the option on you become a family heirloom, to be passed on down from generation to generation?
I can only play some old Scotch airs; and my harp is an ancient instrument (with new strings)--an heirloom in our family, some centuries old.
Eustace to decide whether he will open the inclosure--or whether he will leave it, with the seal unbroken, as an heirloom to his children, to be made public or not, at their discretion, when they are of an age to think for themselves.
The weapons with which we have gained our most important victories, which should be handed down as heirlooms from father to son, are not the sword and the lance, but the bushwhack, the turf-cutter, the spade, and the bog hoe, rusted with the blood of many a meadow, and begrimed with the dust of many a hard-fought field.