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her·i·tage

 (hĕr′ĭ-tĭj)
n.
1. Property that is or can be inherited; an inheritance.
2. Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.
3. The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright: a heritage of affluence and social position.
4. A domesticated animal or a crop of a traditional breed, usually not widely produced for commercial purposes.

[Middle English, from Old French, from eritier, heir, from Medieval Latin hērēditārius, from Latin, inherited; see hereditary.]
Synonyms: heritage, inheritance, legacy, tradition
These nouns denote something immaterial, such as a practice or custom, that is passed from one generation to another: a heritage of volunteerism; a rich inheritance of storytelling; a legacy of philosophical thought; the family tradition of going for a walk on Thanksgiving.

heritage

(ˈhɛrɪtɪdʒ)
n
1. something inherited at birth, such as personal characteristics, status, and possessions
2. anything that has been transmitted from the past or handed down by tradition
3. (Environmental Science)
a. the evidence of the past, such as historical sites, buildings, and the unspoilt natural environment, considered collectively as the inheritance of present-day society
b. (as modifier; cap. as part of name): Bannockburn Heritage Centre.
4. something that is reserved for a particular person or group or the outcome of an action, way of life, etc: the sea was their heritage; the heritage of violence.
5. (Law) law any property, esp land, that by law has descended or may descend to an heir
6. (Judaism) Bible
a. the Israelites regarded as belonging inalienably to God
b. the land of Canaan regarded as God's gift to the Israelites
[C13: from Old French; see heir]

her•it•age

(ˈhɛr ɪ tɪdʒ)

n.
1. something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; inherited lot or portion: a heritage of democracy.
2. something reserved for one: the heritage of the righteous.
3. Law.
a. property, esp. land, passed on by inheritance.
b. something inherited or inheritable by legal succession.
[1175–1225; < Middle French, =herit(er) to inherit (< Late Latin hērēditāre; see hereditament) + -age -age]

Heritage

 heirs collectively, 1390.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heritage - practices that are handed down from the past by traditionheritage - practices that are handed down from the past by tradition; "a heritage of freedom"
practice - knowledge of how something is usually done; "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
2.heritage - any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge"
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
birthright - personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
background - a person's social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background"
birthright - a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth; "free public education is the birthright of every American child"
upbringing - properties acquired during a person's formative years
3.heritage - that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
transferred possession, transferred property - a possession whose ownership changes or lapses
primogeniture - right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son
borough English - a former English custom by which the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers
accretion - (law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance)
bequest, legacy - (law) a gift of personal property by will
birthright, patrimony - an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)
devise - (law) a gift of real property by will
heirloom - something that has been in a family for generations
heirloom - (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance
4.heritage - hereditary succession to a title or an office or propertyheritage - hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
acquisition - the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something; "the acquisition of wealth"; "the acquisition of one company by another"

heritage

noun inheritance, legacy, birthright, lot, share, estate, tradition, portion, endowment, bequest, patrimony The building is part of our heritage.

heritage

noun
1. Something immaterial, as a style or philosophy, that is passed from one generation to another:
2. Any special privilege accorded a firstborn:
Translations
إرْثميراث، تُراث
dědictví
arvkulturarv
kulttuuriperintöperimätietoperinneperintösyntymäoikeus
baštinanasljeđe
erfî, arfur, arfleifî
先祖伝来のもの
유산
paveldas
mantojums
kulturarv
มรดก
miraskalıt
di sản

heritage

[ˈherɪtɪdʒ]
A. Nherencia f (fig) (also national heritage) → patrimonio m (nacional)
B. CPD heritage centre N (Brit) → museo m (local, de artesanía etc)

heritage

[ˈhɛrɪtɪdʒ] npatrimoine m
our national heritage → notre patrimoine national
our cultural heritage → notre patrimoine culturel
to be part of sb's heritage → faire partie du patrimoine de qn heritage centre, heritage industry, heritage siteheritage centre n (British)écomusée mheritage industry n
the heritage industry → l'industrie du tourisme historiqueheritage site nsite m d'intérêt historique

heritage

n (lit, fig)Erbe nt, → Erbschaft f

heritage

[ˈhɛrɪtɪdʒ] n (inheritance) → eredità; (of country, nation) → retaggio
our national heritage → il nostro patrimonio nazionale

heritage

(ˈheritidʒ) noun
things (especially valuable things such as buildings, literature etc) which are passed on from one generation to another. We must all take care to preserve our national heritage.

heritage

إرْث dědictví arv Erbe κληρονομιά patrimonio kulttuuriperintö héritage baština retaggio 先祖伝来のもの 유산 erfenis arv dziedzictwo herança наследство kulturarv มรดก miras di sản 遗产
References in classic literature ?
Or,--and, surely, anything so undeniably just could not be beyond the limits of reasonable anticipation,--the great claim to the heritage of Waldo County might finally be decided in favor of the Pyncheons; so that, instead of keeping a cent-shop, Hepzibah would build a palace, and look down from its highest tower on hill, dale, forest, field, and town, as her own share of the ancestral territory.
It must have been old Durham in the beginning; it was a heritage which the self-made merchant had left to his son, along with his millions.
We may well say that `our lot is cast in a goodly heritage.
born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage.
I did not know how far they had forgotten their human heritage.
Then Caesar and the pope hastened to lay hands on the heritage, under presence of seeking for the papers of the dead man.
The cradle of oversea traffic and of the art of naval combats, the Mediterranean, apart from all the associations of adventure and glory, the common heritage of all mankind, makes a tender appeal to a seaman.
The estate fell to him by the death of his father, five years since; he has given up trade, after having made by it sufficient to pay off some incumbrances by which the family heritage was burdened.
The Revolution bequeathed to the French nobility its heritage, and now every whippersnapper of a Parisian may possess manners, methods of expression, and even thoughts that are above reproach in form, while all the time he himself may share in that form neither in initiative nor in intellect nor in soul--his manners, and the rest, having come to him through inheritance.
To sustain a cause which I thought sacred, I have lost the throne of my fathers and the heritage of my children.
Although a portion of the ancestral heritage had been alienated, there was still a shadowy enclosure in the rear of the mansion where a student, or a dreamer, or a man of stricken heart might lie all day upon the grass, amid the solitude of murmuring boughs, and forget that a city had grown up around him.
We paus'd before the heritage of men, And thy star trembled - as doth Beauty then