What does heritage mean?

Definitions for heritage
ˈhɛr ɪ tɪdʒher·itage

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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.

    Etymology: héritage, from hereditas.

  2. heritagenoun

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

    Etymology: héritage, from hereditas.

  3. heritagenoun

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

    Etymology: héritage, from hereditas.

  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.

    Etymology: héritage, from hereditas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heritageadjective

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

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

  2. Heritageadjective

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

    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. Israel Antiquities Authority Archaeologist:

    The historical relationship, especially since the Holocaust, between Lithuanians and Lithuanian Jews has been complex and it is an important part of this project to make sure that the preservation of the Great Synagogue is seen as not only a Jewish interest, but also part of the cultural heritage of Vilnius and Lithuania.

  2. Ramona Bessinger:

    There was a bizarre fear of me, right? So, that made me very sad because I feel that, as educators … we really care about our students, we care that the kids feel good and welcome and (that) they feel they are Americans and part of our tradition and our heritage. Not that they are part of one camp and I am in another.

  3. Ben Cavender:

    The brand — and the heritage that the brand has — it's really impossible to replicate that, somebody can't set up a new venture tomorrow and do what they can do. It's not sort of possible to go back in time and get Mao Zedong to be interested in your drink. It's not possible to sort of be located in the town where they make their products. So I think they have a strong built-in story that allows them to flourish.

  4. Philip Stone:

    Dark tourism suggests a morbid fascination with death, but it's more about living and connecting with our world, politics and heritage, in a secular society... the Internet and tourism can provide meaning.

  5. Mechtild Rossler:

    There is an incredible diversity of sites both natural and cultural around the world, the beauty of this convention is that the text defining natural and cultural heritage is very broad.

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    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    • A. conveyance
    • B. ditch
    • C. evangelist
    • D. jab

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