Meaning of “heirloom” in the English Dictionary

"heirloom" in English

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heirloomnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈeə.luːm/ us /ˈer.luːm/

heirloomadjective

/ˈeə.luːm/ /ˈer.luːm/

used to refer to fruit, plants, or seeds of a type that has existed for many years:

(Definition of “heirloom” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heirloom" in American English

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heirloomnoun [ C ]

us /ˈeər·lum/

a valuable object that has been given by an older member of a family to a younger member of the same family, esp. one given several times in this way:

family heirlooms

(Definition of “heirloom” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"heirloom" in Business English

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heirloomnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈeəluːm/ us

a valuable object that has been given by older members of a family to younger members of the same family over many years:

My mother gave me a diamond ring, a family heirloom more than 100 years old.

(Definition of “heirloom” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)