- The definition of heritage is the background from which one comes, or any sort of inherited property or goods.
- An example of heritage is a German ancestry.
- An example of heritage is money left to a child in his parent's will.
A group celebrates their German heritage.
heritage definition by Webster's New World
- property that is or can be inherited
- something handed down from one's ancestors or the past, as a characteristic, a culture, tradition, etc.
- the rights, burdens, or status resulting from being born in a certain time or place; birthright
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from heriter ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin hereditare, to inherit ; from Classical Latin hereditas: see heredity
heritage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Property that is or can be inherited; an inheritance.
- Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.
- The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright: a heritage of affluence and social position.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from eritier, heir, from Medieval Latin hērēditārius, from Latin, inherited; see hereditary.