- A gift of property by will, esp. of money or personal property; a bequest. Also Fig.; as, a legacy of dishonor or disease.
- A business with which one is intrusted by another; a commission; -- obsolete, except in the phrases last legacy dying legacy, and the like."My legacy and message wherefore I am sent into the world." [Tyndale.]"He came and told his legacy." [Chapman.]
Etymology: L. (assumedlegatia, for legatum, from legare to appoint by last will, to bequeath as a legacy, to depute: cf. OF. legat legacy. See Legate