heritage

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noun her·i·tage \ˈher-ə-tij, ˈhe-rə-\

Definition of heritage

  1. 1 :  property that descends to an heir

  2. 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. 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


First Known Use: 13th century


HERITAGE Defined for English Language Learners

heritage

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noun her·i·tage \ˈher-ə-tij, ˈhe-rə-\

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

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noun her·i·tage \ˈher-ə-tij\

Definition of heritage for Students

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



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