What does heritage mean?

Definitions for heritage
ˈhɛr ɪ tɪdʒher·itage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word heritage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. heritagenoun

    practices that are handed down from the past by tradition

    "a heritage of freedom"

  2. inheritance, heritagenoun

    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. inheritance, heritagenoun

    that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

  4. inheritance, heritagenoun

    hereditary succession to a title or an office or property


  1. heritagenoun

    An inheritance; property that may be inherited.

  2. heritagenoun

    A tradition; something that can be passed down from preceding generations.

  3. heritagenoun

    A birthright; the status acquired by birth, especially of but not exclusive to the firstborn.

  4. heritagenoun

    Having a certain background, such as growing up with a second language.

    The university requires heritage Spanish students to enroll in a specially designed Spanish program not available to non-heritage students.

  5. Etymology: héritage, from hereditas.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Heritagenoun

    Etymology: heritage, French.

    Let us our father’s heritage divide. Hubberd’s Tale.

    He considers that his proper home and heritage is in another world, and therefore regards the events of this with the indifference of a guest that tarries but a day. John Rogers, Sermons.

    O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage. Com. Pr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heritageadjective

    that which is inherited, or passes from heir to heir; inheritance

  2. Heritageadjective

    a possession; the Israelites, as God's chosen people; also, a flock under pastoral charge

  3. Etymology: [OE. heritage, eritage, OF. heritage, eritage, F. hritage, fr. hriter to inherit, LL. heriditare. See Hereditable.]


  1. Heritage

    Heritage is a BBC Books original novel written by first-time novelist Dale Smith and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heritage

    her′it-āj, n. that which is inherited: inherited lot, condition of one's birth: (B.) the children (of God). [O. Fr. heritage, heriter—Late L. hereditāre, to inherit.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heritage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4526

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heritage' in Nouns Frequency: #1860

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heritage in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heritage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of heritage in a Sentence

  1. Mayor Antonino Camarda:

    We have a huge architectural heritage to rescue, packed with history, over time, too many people have left, leaving behind a bunch of old, picturesque houses, many even dating back to the Renaissance.

  2. Tim Clemente:

    The fact that we can’t even look at somebody’s heritage or religious background in a Muslim that’s a Muslim extremist – that’s what we need to look for, to exclude the FBI from looking in that direction is a mistake. We’ve gone so far in political correctness to stay away from the term ‘profiling’ that we can’t do a regular investigation.

  3. Treasury Department:

    Heritage Trust were subsequently invested in large public and private US companies and managed by a series of Treasury Department investment firms and facilitators. Kerimov and his proxies used various layers of Treasury Department and non-US shell companies to hold formal title to Heritage Trust assets and to conduct transactions in a manner that concealed his interest.

  4. Gary Arndt:

    It is by far the most ambitious World Heritage site I've visited.

  5. Nashat Filmon:

    It's a message for the whole world that Palestinian Christians do exist in this land, and that Palestinian Christians have a heritage of more than 2,000 years, and the journey continues.

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    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    • A. denudate
    • B. embellish
    • C. render
    • D. emanate

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