- 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.
- 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 of heritageMiddle English ; from Old French ; from heriter ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin hereditare, to inherit ; from Classical Latin hereditas: see heredity
- 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.
- A domesticated animal or a crop of a traditional breed, usually not widely produced for commercial purposes.
Origin of heritageMiddle English, from Old French, from eritier, heir, from Medieval Latin hērēditārius, from Latin, inherited; see hereditary.
(usually uncountable, plural heritages)
- An inheritance; property that may be inherited.
- A tradition; something that can be passed down from preceding generations.
- A birthright; the status acquired by birth, especially of but not exclusive to the firstborn.
- 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.
OriginSee also: héritage
From Old French eritage, heritage, (French héritage), from Latin hereditas.