- something inherited at birth, such as personal characteristics, status, and possessions
- anything that has been transmitted from the past or handed down by tradition
- the evidence of the past, such as historical sites, buildings, and the unspoilt natural environment, considered collectively as the inheritance of present-day society
- (as modifier; cap. as part of name): Bannockburn Heritage Centre
- 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
- any property, esp land, that by law has descended or may descend to an heir
- the Israelites regarded as belonging inalienably to God
- the land of Canaan regarded as God's gift to the Israelites
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- something that comes or belongs to one by reason of being born to certain parents, born at a certain time, or in a certain country, esp. the traditions and ways of life.
- something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth;
an inherited lot or portion:a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.
- something reserved for one:the heritage of the righteous.
- something that has been or may be inherited by legal descent or succession.
- any property, esp. land, that devolves by right of inheritance.
- Middle French, equivalent. to heriter to inherit + -age -age; see heir
- Middle English 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged estate, patrimony. See inheritance.