Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The inheritor of a legacy.

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  • n. one who receives a legacy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One to whom a legacy is bequeathed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One to whom a legacy is bequeathed; in the civil law, and as sometimes loosely used in both Great Britain and the United States, one to whom property, real or personal, is given by will.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone to whom a legacy is bequeathed

Etymologies

From legate, to bequeath, from Latin lēgāre, lēgāt-; see legacy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Jellicoe aforesaid to be the executor of this my will jointly with the principal beneficiary and residuary legatee that is to say with the aforesaid Godfrey Bellingham if the conditions set forth hereinbefore in clause 2 shall be duly carried out but with the aforesaid George

    The Eye of Osiris

  • a partiary legatee, that is, of a legatee of a certain specified portion of the estate under the kind of bequest called participation, so that the stipulations which had been usual between an heir and a partiary legatee were now entered into by the heir and transferee, in order to secure a rateable division of the gains and losses arising out of the inheritance.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • She underlined her backing in a will, leaving everything in trust to her two daughters, with the school as her residual legatee.

    PEARL BUCK IN CHINA

  • The legatee of a proud and influential old New Hampshire family (Republicans initially), Kuster built a superb organization in the House race, and both she and the president want to keep it intact -- not only for any (unlikely) primary challenge, but to give the Obama a chance to win the state again the fall of 2012.

    Obama Tends To New Hampshire With Eye On 2012

  • He was informed that he had just become the probable legatee to half a million credits.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • _It is my solemn duty to inform you that as agents of the executors of the will of a certain party, now deceased, and after exhaustive enquiries undertaken with the authority of the said executors, we have positively identified you as legatee under the testament of the said defunct, whose identity, however, we must for the moment withhold.

    The Devil's Bedpost

  • -- "Zionism (is) the moral legatee of the victims of the Holocaust .... the most pervasive and insidious of the" Zionist myths; in fact, Zionists, like future prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, openly colluded with the Nazis for their own purposes - to use persecution as justification for a future Zionist state and more.

    Jews Against Zionism

  • On Sunday, though, his sister Priyanka Gandhi — considered by many to be the natural legatee of their charismatic grandmother and former PM Indira Gandhi — gave a ringing endorsement to her brother even as she hinted that she may not be averse to plunging into active politics herself.

    India News Digest: Satyam Likely to Ask for Full Bid Amount in Advance

  • "I thank my dad for leaving me such a wonderful, wonderful heritage," the legatee said.

    A Grand Night For Singing

  • Madden identifies Hyslop in his narrative Twelve Months in the West Indies: "My friend, Mr. Hyslop, agent of the legatee, one of the most respectable men in the islands, furnished me with these particulars" (165).

    Notes on 'London-Kingston-Caracas: The Transatlantic'

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