[pa-truh-moh-nee] /ˈpæ trəˌmoʊ ni/
noun, plural patrimonies.
an estate inherited from one’s father or ancestors.
any quality, characteristic, etc., that is inherited; heritage.
the aggregate of one’s property.
the estate or endowment of a church, religious house, etc.
noun (pl) -nies
an inheritance from one’s father or other ancestor
the endowment of a church
mid-14c., “property of the Church,” also “spiritual legacy of Christ,” from Old French patremoine “heritage, patrimony” (12c.) and directly from Latin patrimonium “a paternal estate, inheritance from a father,” also figurative, from pater (genitive patris) “father” (see father (n.)) + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition. Meaning “property inherited from a father or ancestors” is attested from late 14c. Figurative sense of “immaterial things handed down from the past” is from 1580s. A curious sense contrast to matrimony.
- Patriot act
noun a U.S. law enacted in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which gave law-enforcement officials greater ability to tap telephones and track Internet users; also called [The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001] Examples 2001 signed into law Oct. 26, 2001; […]
[pey-tree-ot-ik or, esp. British, pa-] /ˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk or, esp. British, ˌpæ-/ adjective 1. of, like, suitable for, or characteristic of a . 2. expressing or inspired by : a patriotic ode. adj. 1650s, “of one’s own country,” from French patriotique or directly from Late Latin patrioticus, from Greek patriotikos, from patriotes (see patriot). Meaning […]
- Patriotic front
noun a militant nationalist political group
[pa-truh-poh-tes-tl, pey-] /ˌpæ trə poʊˈtɛs tl, ˌpeɪ-/ adjective 1. Anthropology. of or relating to the authority exercised by a father or a father’s blood relatives.