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heritage Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun practices that are handed down from the past by tradition
    • a heritage of freedom
  2. noun any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors
    • my only inheritance was my mother's blessing
    • the world's heritage of knowledge
  3. noun that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
  4. noun hereditary succession to a title or an office or property

Her"it*age adjective
OE. heritage, eritage, OF. heritage, eritage, F. héritage, fr. hériter to inherit, LL. heriditare. See Hereditable.
  1. That which is inherited, or passes from heir to heir; inheritance.
    Part of my heritage, Which my dead father did bequeath to me. Shak.
  2. (Script.) A possession; the Israelites, as God's chosen people; also, a flock under pastoral charge. Joel iii. 2., 1 Peter v. 3.

Webster 1913