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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: legacie 'position of a legate', from Latin legatus; LEGATE

legacy

noun
     
leg‧a‧cy plural legacies [countable]
1 something that happens or exists as a result of things that happened at an earlier time
legacy of
The invasion left a legacy of hatred and fear.
legacy from
a legacy from the colonial period
2 money or property that you receive from someone after they die [= inheritance]:
She received a small legacy from her aunt.

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