What is Bequest?

Legal Definition
A bequest is property given by will. Historically, bequest was used for personal property given by will and devise for real property. Today, the two words are used interchangeably.

The word bequeath is a verb form for the act of making a bequest.
-- Wikipedia
Legal Definition
A gift by last will or testament; a legacy. (q. v.) This word is sometimes, though improperly used, as synonymous with devise. There is, however, a distinction between them. A bequest is applied, more properly, to a gift by will of a legacy, that is, of personal property; devise is properly a gift by testament of real property. Vide Devise.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A gift by wlll of personui property; a legacy. A specific bequest is one whereby the testator gives to the legatee all his property of a certain class or kind; as all his pure personalty. A residuary bequest is a gift of all the remainder of the testator's personal estate, after payment of debts and legacies, etc. An executory bequest is the bequest of a future, deferred, or centingent interest in personalty. ' A conditional bequest is one the taking effect or continuing of which depends upon the happening or non-occurrence of a particular event. Mitchell v. Mitchell, 148 Ind. 113, 42 N. E. 465; Farnam v. Famam, 53 Conn. 261, 2 Atl. 325, 5 Atl. 682; Merrill v. Co.llege, 74 Wis. 415, 43 N. W. 104.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
Personal property that has been given by a will.
Legal Definition
A disposition by will of chattels.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary