heritage

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

Definition of heritage

1 : property that descends to an heir
2 a : 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

  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 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


HERITAGE Defined for English Language Learners

heritage

noun

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

heritage

noun her·i·tage \ ˈher-ə-tij \

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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