noun heir·loom \ˈer-ˌlüm\

: a valuable object that is owned by a family for many years and passed from one generation to another

: an old type of plant that is still available because individual people have continued to grow it for many years

Full Definition of HEIRLOOM

:  a piece of property that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property
:  something of special value handed on from one generation to another
:  a horticultural variety that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals

Origin of HEIRLOOM

Middle English heirlome, from heir + lome implement — more at loom
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall
HEIRLOOM Defined for Kids


noun heir·loom \ˈer-ˌlüm\

Definition of HEIRLOOM for Kids

:  a piece of personal property handed down in a family from one generation to another


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