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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. A cultivar, especially of a vegetable or fruit, that has been cultivated for at least several decades but 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.
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Mingott, who had built her house later, had bodily cast out the massive furniture of her prime, and mingled with the Mingott heirlooms the frivolous upholstery of the Second Empire.
The furniture of the hall consisted of some ponderous chairs, the backs of which were elaborately carved with wreaths of oaken flowers; and likewise a table in the same taste, the whole being of the Elizabethan age, or perhaps earlier, and heirlooms, transferred hither from the Governor's paternal home.
I am the last of the Setons, fortunately, and I am going to smash the family tree, sell the heirlooms, and burn the family records
The king and the queen knew nothing about these poor creatures, except that they were heirlooms, assets inherited, along with the throne, from the former firm.
Raveloe lay low among the bushy trees and the rutted lanes, aloof from the currents of industrial energy and Puritan earnestness: the rich ate and drank freely, accepting gout and apoplexy as things that ran mysteriously in respectable families, and the poor thought that the rich were entirely in the right of it to lead a jolly life; besides, their feasting caused a multiplication of orts, which were the heirlooms of the poor.
Preserve me from people who have seen better days, and bring heirlooms with them that make the house smell stuffy.
They become, I believe, heirlooms, strictly speaking, according to the terms of your godmother's will.
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.
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.
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.
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.