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
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 of heritage from the Web
The trophy for house-milling, however, goes to Pleasant House Bakery, where baker Wesley Irvine uses a stone mill to grind heritage grain from Breslin Farms in Ottawa, Ill.
Akihito is the first member of the Japanese imperial family to marry someone without royal heritage.
Everybody has scars on their history and their heritage.
In preparation for Alabama's bicentennial celebration, folklorists will conduct archival research and fieldwork about the state's musical traditions and quilting heritage.
A police administrator identified Lopera as white, but the officer said through a legal representative that his heritage is Colombian and Puerto Rican.
But this emblem was not just about honoring his heritage.
Trudeau: Canada Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is of Ukrainian heritage, is an avowed Putin critic and is currently banned by Russia from entering the country.
Watsonville, for example, honors its strawberry heritage with a summer festival.
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Origin and Etymology 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
HERITAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heritage for English Language Learners
: the traditions, achievements, beliefs, etc., that are part of the history of a group or nation
HERITAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of heritage for Students
: the traditions, achievements, and beliefs that are part of the history of a group of people
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