heritage


her·i·tage

noun \ˈher-ə-tij, ˈhe-rə-\

: the traditions, achievements, beliefs, etc., that are part of the history of a group or nation

Full Definition of HERITAGE

1
:  property that descends to an heir
2
a :  something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor :  legacy, inheritance
b :  tradition
3
:  something possessed as a result of one's natural situation or birth :  birthright <the nation's heritage of tolerance>

Examples of HERITAGE

  1. <hospitality is a cherished Southern heritage>
  2. <this farm is my heritage from my father, as it was for him from his father>

Origin of HERITAGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from heriter to inherit, from Late Latin hereditare, from Latin hered-, heres heir — more at heir
First Known Use: 13th century

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