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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HEIRLOOMS

His tea-pot and cream-jug were Queen Anne silver, heirlooms at which he mocked.

She packed into a handbag a few necessary things with some heirlooms of her own.

Imagine that I gave them to her long ago, and that they now come to you, from her, as heirlooms.

But these heirlooms were not the whole stock of the heroic age.

There would never be any more Websters to inherit these heirlooms.

But we desire the two heirlooms, as their authors left them, pure and simple.

But here is old Martha; you must be introduced to her, one of the heirlooms of our family.'

They were heirlooms, she said, and too precious for money to avail.

There are heirlooms that give dignity to those who possess them.

I dare say they would be glad to have some of the heirlooms.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., ayre lome, a hybrid from heir + loom in its original but now otherwise obsolete sense of "implement, tool." Technically, some piece of property that by will or custom passes down with the real estate.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.