from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Property that is or can be inherited; an inheritance.
- n. Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.
- n. The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright: a heritage of affluence and social position.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inheritance; property that may be inherited.
- n. A tradition; something that can be passed down from preceding generations.
- n. A birthright; the status acquired by birth, especially of but not exclusive to the firstborn.
- n. Having a certain background, such as growing up with a second language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. That which is inherited, or passes from heir to heir; inheritance.
- adj. A possession; the Israelites, as God's chosen people; also, a flock under pastoral charge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is inherited as a material possession; an inheritance or inherited estate; specifically, in Scots law, heritable estate; realty.
- n. That which is given or received as a permanent possession or right; that which is allotted or appropriated; hence, portion; part: used in the Bible for the chosen people, the body of saints, or the church, as God's portion of mankind.
- n. That which comes from the circumstances of birth; a condition or quality transmitted by ancestors; inherited lot or portion: as, a heritage of luxury, poverty, suffering, or shame.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
- n. hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
- n. any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors
- n. practices that are handed down from the past by tradition
Middle English, from Old French, from eritier, heir, from Medieval Latin hērēditārius, from Latin, inherited; see hereditary.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French héritage, from Latin hereditas. (Wiktionary)