heritage

noun
her·​i·​tage | \ ˈher-ə-tij How to pronounce heritage (audio) , 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

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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

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Similar to human commercial DNA tests, tracing your dog's canine heritage is relatively quick and painless. Popular Mechanics, "Discover Your Dog's Canine Heritage With This DNA Kit," 2 May 2019 With its first land grant given out in 1709, Great Falls’s rural heritage is apparent in its old-timey village center and residences—horse farms, Tudor mansions and Craftsman houses on unusually expansive acreage for the D.C. region. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Where Washington, D.C’s Elites Sleep," 13 Apr. 2019 The maker of fine perfumes beloved by icons such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Ernest Hemingway, and Cary Grant—not to mention both John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis—Krigler has a long heritage of crafting luxury scents. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "A Heritage Fragrance House Finds a New Home in Tony Palm Beach," 6 May 2019 Protests over the statue have flared in the past year with many decrying the memorial as a symbol of a racist heritage. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Texts show police told to ‘not engage’ with 'Silent Sam' protesters: report," 30 Aug. 2018 His other origins included a 4.7% North African heritage. SI.com, "8 Football Legends Discover Which Nations They Could Have Played For," 4 July 2018 The city is 95 percent Hispanic, the largest percentage of any large metro area in the country, and fans are often torn over their allegiance to the country of their birth and the country of their heritage. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "In border town, World Cup watchers balance team pride, anxiety about US," 29 June 2018 The two goal scorers have ethnic Albanian heritage linked to Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Washington Post, "No more politics as Switzerland seeks World Cup progression," 26 June 2018 What if, a people that share a common and rich heritage, can find a common future? Saba Hamedy, CNN, "President Trump showed Kim Jong Un this Hollywood-style video to pitch him on peace," 12 June 2018

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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).

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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 How to pronounce heritage (audio) \

Kids Definition of heritage

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

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