heritage

noun
her·​i·​tage | \ ˈher-ə-tij, ˈhe-rə-\

Definition of heritage

1 : property that descends to an heir
2a : something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor : legacy, inheritance proud of her Chinese heritage a rich heritage of folklore The battlefields are part of our heritage and should be preserved.
b : tradition the party's heritage of secularism
3 : something possessed as a result of one's natural situation or birth : birthright the heritage of natural freedom was long since cast away— V. L. Parrington

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of heritage in a Sentence

hospitality is a cherished Southern heritage this farm is my heritage from my father, as it was for him from his father

Recent Examples on the Web

Harry and Meghan also attended an official welcome ceremony in Albert Park, where Fijian culture and heritage will be on display. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Wore a White Zimmermann Dress in Fiji," 23 Oct. 2018 The museum also hopes to work with other groups to enable them to use the recording studio to begin to preserve their histories and heritage. The Seattle Times, "Create an oral history to share your family’s experience," 23 Oct. 2018 They have been uprooted from their families, some forcibly, and sent hundreds, even thousands, of miles away for the explicit purpose of stripping them of their culture and heritage. John D'anna, azcentral, "Think child separations are unprecedented? Here are 3 heartbreaking examples from history," 21 June 2018 Eighteen artists were handpicked by Ms. Jampol in 2016 to tell visual stories about Newark’s culture and heritage. New York Times, "Another Royal Wedding. This One Newark Style.," 15 June 2018 Here then are some places in EaDo and nearby neighborhoods to check out, including a couple of spots that speak to the history and heritage of the area that should not be forgotten. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018 Greece had long demanded that its northern neighbor change or modify its name to avoid any claim to the territory and ancient heritage of the region in northern Greece named Macedonia — birthplace of ancient warrior king Alexander the Great. Elena Becatoros And Jasmina Mironski, BostonGlobe.com, "Macedonia makes name change deal with Greece," 13 June 2018 To get the most out of your visit, folks will have more than just the opportunity to learn about our history and heritage through interactive exhibits, films and special programs. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Gerry Frank's picks: Connect past to present at these Oregon museums," 18 May 2018 The project, running since 2015 after nine years of surveys and tests, was founded by the Moroccan nongovernment organization Dar Si Hmad, which works to promote and preserve local culture, history, and heritage. The Christian Science Monitor, "Fog catchers turn mist into water in the Moroccan mountains," 17 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'heritage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of heritage

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heritage

Middle English heritage, eritage, borrowed from Anglo-French, from heriter "to inherit, make an heir" (going back to Late Latin hērēditāre "to leave as an inheritance, inherit, make an heir," from Latin hērēd-, hērēs heir entry 1 + -itāre, verb suffix) + -age -age

Note: The Latin verb suffix -itāre normally has repetitive or frequentative value (cf. hesitate, meditate, palpitate), not factitive or causative value, so in this instance it may be of distinct origin. A possible model is the adjective hērēditārius (see hereditary), in the formation of which a stem hērēdit- appears to have been extracted from the noun hērēditāt-, hērēditās "succession to an heir, inheritance," by construing the suffix as -āt-, -ās (or, alternatively, *hērēditātārius was shortened by haplology to hērēditārius).

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about heritage

Statistics for heritage

Last Updated

17 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for heritage

The first known use of heritage was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for heritage

heritage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heritage

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

heritage

noun
her·​i·​tage | \ ˈher-ə-tij \

Kids Definition of heritage

: the traditions, achievements, and beliefs that are part of the history of a group of people

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on heritage

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for heritage

Spanish Central: Translation of heritage

Nglish: Translation of heritage for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of heritage for Arabic Speakers

Comments on heritage

What made you want to look up heritage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to gather or build up little by little

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!