heirloom heirloom  /ˈɛr ˌlum/


  1. (n) (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance
  2. (n) something that has been in a family for generations


  1. In this taxonomy, George Clooney is a family heirloom.
  2. Just add sugar and spice, smoke, an heirloom tomato, fresh lettuce and homemade bread slathered with Farr's bacon mayonnaise made not with olive oil but bacon fat.
  3. Rooms are simply but stylishly appointed with teak furniture, while the odd family heirloom and pieces of pottery hand-painted by Nantiya lend a homely feel.


  1. Summer tomato salad with fresh oregano

    Serves 6 Make the most of native tomatoes with this simple summer dish. If you don't grow your own, farmers' markets are selling heirloom varieties, including brandywine, green zebra, and carbon. Cut them into all different shapes. Arrange on a large platter, sprinkle with a white wine vinaigrette and garnish with fresh oregano — or another herb you have on ...        
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  2. A seed farmer cultivates art

    A seed library commissions artists to design heirloom packaging for its packets
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Washington Post

  3. ‘b. organic’ Creator & Host Featured on Old Time Heirloom Hour

    Every other Saturday, the Heirloom Market & Café hosts a live recording of their hit variety show called, “The Old Time Heirloom Hour.” Each show introduces a special guest, as well as a talented local band that plays throughout the hour.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Prairie Advocate


  1. "After great success in New York I am excited to launch my collection globally," Trump said. "I am confident in my design of heirloom chic jewelry and believe the world's top capitals will continue to carry my vision into their markets."
    on Mar 7, 2010 By: Ivanka Trump Source: Diamonds.net

  2. "I would prefer the rightful owner or heir to come forward and be reunited with their heirloom, but after several years of abandonment, my office has to auction off the items in the vault," Sass said.
    on Jan 26, 2009 By: Dawn Marie Sass Source: Capital Times

  3. Fiona, 44, said: "We're asked countless questions at roadshows about those magic moments - like what's the most valuable bargain buy ever seen? And have we ever smashed a family heirloom by accident? People are fascinated by such things. Now we'll...
    on Feb 5, 2009 By: Fiona Bruce Source: Mirror.co.uk

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