- something that is handed down from the past, as a tradition: a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.
- something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage of poverty and suffering.
- something reserved for one: the heritage of the righteous.
- something that has been or may be inherited by legal descent or succession.
- any property, especially land, that devolves by right of inheritance.
- noting or relating to a product, place, etc., that evokes a nostalgic sense of tradition or history: visitors to a heritage site in the Middle East.
- noting or relating to an older, traditional breed of animal or plant: raising pure-breed heritage hogs.Compare heirloom(def 3).
Origin of heritage
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Examples from the Web for heritage
However, being of Arab heritage and Muslim, I'd really love to see an Arab or Muslim James Bond.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
An Australian woman in her late twenties told me she was an “honorary Jew” with no actual Jewish heritage.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
A more recent phenomenon in the political universe is politicians of Hispanic heritage who are not fluent in Spanish.Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter?
December 14, 2014
Virtually all the southwestern gangs of Mexican heritage (Surenos or Southsiders) are under their control.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
She is a North American by birth, but an African by experience and heritage.Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Vs. Boko Haram
Kristi York Wooten
November 30, 2014
In each generation, with toil and tears, we have had to earn our heritage again.
The heritage was too compelling for a wolf that was only a cub.White Fang
Partly, no doubt, it was a heritage of the sentiment of the French Revolution.The American Mind
The heritage belongs to you and my brother, who took care of my uncle up to the last.The Fat and the Thin
Such was the law of expansion; the earth was the heritage of the most numerous race.Fruitfulness
- something inherited at birth, such as personal characteristics, status, and possessions
- anything that has been transmitted from the past or handed down by tradition
- the evidence of the past, such as historical sites, buildings, and the unspoilt natural environment, considered collectively as the inheritance of present-day society
- (as modifier; cap. as part of name)Bannockburn Heritage Centre
- something that is reserved for a particular person or group or the outcome of an action, way of life, etcthe sea was their heritage; the heritage of violence
- law any property, esp land, that by law has descended or may descend to an heir
- the Israelites regarded as belonging inalienably to God
- the land of Canaan regarded as God's gift to the Israelites
Word Origin and History for heritage
c.1200, "that which may be inherited," from Old French iritage, eritage, heritage, from heriter "inherit," from Late Latin hereditare, ultimately from Latin heres (genitive heredis) "heir" (see heredity).