what is difference between bequest and legacy
From Middle English biqueste, bequeste (“will, testament, bequest”), from be + -quiste, queste (“saying, utterance, testament, will, legacy”), from Old English *cwist, *cwiss (“saying”) (compare Old English andcwiss, ġecwis, uncwisse, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *kwissiz (“saying”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷet- (“to say”). Related to Old English andcwiss (“answer, reply”), Old English uncwisse (“dumb, mute”), Middle English bequethen (“to bequeath”). More at quoth, bequeath.
- IPA(key): /bɪˈkwɛst/
bequest (plural bequests)
- The act of bequeathing or leaving by will.
- The transfer of property upon the owner’s death according to the will of the deceased.
- That which is left by will; a legacy.
- That which has been handed down or transmitted.
- A person’s inheritance; an amount of property given by will.
From Middle English biquesten, from the noun (see above).
bequest (third-person singular simple present bequests, present participle bequesting, simple past and past participle bequested)
- (transitive) To give as a bequest; bequeath.
From Middle English legacie, from Old French legacie and Medieval Latin lēgātia, from Latin lēgātum.
- IPA(key): /ˈlɛɡəsi/
- (some US dialects) IPA(key): /ˈleɪɡəsi/
legacy (plural legacies)
- (law) Money or property bequeathed to someone in a will.
- Something inherited from a predecessor or the past.
- Synonym: heritage
- (education) The descendant of an alumnus.
- Left over from the past; no longer current.