• WordNet 3.6
    • n legacy (law) a gift of personal property by will
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Legacy A business with which one is intrusted by another; a commission; -- obsolete, except in the phrases last legacy dying legacy, and the like. "My legacy and message wherefore I am sent into the world.""He came and told his legacy ."
    • Legacy A gift of property by will, esp. of money or personal property; a bequest. Also Fig.; as, a legacy of dishonor or disease.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n legacy Money or other property left by will; a bequest; specifically, a gift of personalty by will as distinguished from a devise or gift of realty.
    • n legacy Anything bequeathed or handed down by an ancestor or a predecessor.
    • n legacy A business which one has received from another to execute; a commission; an errand.
    • n legacy Legation; embassy.
    • legacy To bequeath; assign as a legacy.
    • legacy To leave a legacy to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Legacy leg′a-si that which is left to one by will: a bequest of personal property
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  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
  • Thomas Scott
    Thomas Scott
    “A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “No legacy is so rich as honestly.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. (assumedlegatia, for legatum, from legare, to appoint by last will, to bequeath as a legacy, to depute: cf. OF. legat, legacy. See Legate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. legatumlegāre, to leave by will.


In literature:

And yet perhaps the most valuable legacy that Hooft has left to posterity is his collection of letters.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
If they don't bring the clothes soon, I shall close the boxes without them, and leave them a legacy for Fred.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The legacies will come, because they ought to come.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 5, May, 1889" by Various
As a legacy, you will be among the first considered.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
Was that his only pleasure in his legacy?
"The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
A legacy of one thousand dollars fell to him.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
Is not that a dreadful kind of legacy to inherit?
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
Geoffrey of Killingworth; or, the Grey Friar's Legacy.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
After that they talked about the legacy and its probable amount for some time.
"The Good Comrade" by Una L. Silberrad
ASS, misfortune overcome by patience; or a legacy.
"Tea-Cup Reading, and the Art of Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves" by 'A Highland Seer'

In poetry:

Had such a legacy been cast
Upon the stream of time;
Would it have come through ages past,—
Ages of night and crime?
"Hymns for Communion VI" by John Pierpont
Had Jesus left his scattered fold
The legacy of pride,
Golconda's gems and Ophir's gold,
When he, their Shepherd, died;
"Hymns for Communion VI" by John Pierpont
She left me, when she pass'd away,
More than a royal legacy,
I would not for a monarch's sway,
Exchange the things she gave to me.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
With hand upon my shoulder, said,
``You own 'tis true. The richest years
Bequeath the beggared heart, when fled,
Only this legacy of tears.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
'Your words are wise and bright,
I bequeath them to you a legacy given;
And when your spirit takes its flight,
May it bloom aflower in heaven.
"To J.M.B." by Louisa May Alcott
Let me part with the acres my grandfather bought,
With the bonds that my uncle's kind legacy brought,
With my bank-shares,--old "Union," whose ten per cent stock
Stands stiff through the storms as the Eddystone rock;
"For The Centennial Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Jean Schulz, the widow of "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz, works to preserve the legacy of her husband, whom she calls "Sparky.".
President Bush speaks of Reagan's legacy.
Son says he will carry on his father's legacy.
Lance Armstrong's legacy still in play.
Ruling says department leaves behind Rampart legacy to become national model.
But even as the legacy carriers have been consolidating and growing, they have been losing market share to low-cost carriers.
John Coolidge , Guardian of President's Legacy.
David Copley 's Legacy in Images.
BC High's QB carries Jim Cotter 's legacy.
Bruce Bolling's Legacy: Trailblazing councillor who was a good neighbor.
Forrest Vereen may have left this world at the age of 22 following a motorcycle crash, but his legacy will live on thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
Cochran's Legacy Extends Beyond Courtroom.
Cochran's Legacy Extends Beyond Courtroom .
Younger Cousteau Reflects on his Father's Legacy.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Dives Into Tales of Famous Father's Legacy.

In science:

We also acknowledge the use of the Legacy Archive for Microwave Background Data Analysis (LAMBDA, ), which is supported by the NASA Office of Space Science.
Alignment tests for low CMB multipoles
The Spitzer Legacy Science Program The original Spitzer Legacy Science Program enabled major science observing projects early in the Spitzer mission, creating a substantial and coherent database of archived observations.
First Fruits of the Spitzer Space Telescope: Galactic and Solar System Studies
The six legacy projects used a total of 3160 hours of Spitzer observing time and released all their data to the public archive, accompanied by post-pipeline data products and analysis tools for use by the scientific community.
First Fruits of the Spitzer Space Telescope: Galactic and Solar System Studies
For example, data produced by telescopes are not always made available to the astronomical community, and new instruments are sometimes designed and built with insufficient planning for data management, while older but valuable legacy data often remain undigitised.
Astronomical Data Management
While the VO is currently focussing on modern space- and ground-based data that were recorded digitally, much less attention is being paid to astronomy’s rich legacy of photographic observations, some of which date back to the late 19th century.
Astronomical Data Management