AskDefine | Define heritage

Dictionary Definition



1 practices that are handed down from the past by tradition; "a heritage of freedom"
2 any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge" [syn: inheritance]
3 that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner [syn: inheritance]
4 hereditary succession to a title or an office or property [syn: inheritance]

User Contributed Dictionary




French héritage


  1. An inheritance; property that may be inherited.
  2. A tradition; something that can be passed down from preceding generations.
  3. A birthright; the status acquired by birth, especially of but not exclusive to the firstborn.



Extensive Definition

Heritage refers to something which is inherited from one's ancestors. It has several different senses, including:
  • Cultural heritage, a nation's historic monuments, museum collections, etc.
  • Natural heritage, a nation's fauna and flora, natural resources, and landscape
  • Tradition, customs and practices inherited from ancestors
  • Virtual Heritage, an ICT work dealing with cultural heritage
  • Inheritance of physical goods after the death of an individual
  • Biological inheritance of physical characteristics
  • Birthright, something inherited due to the place, time, or circumstances of someone's birth
  • Industrial Heritage, the monuments from the industrial culture
  • Transportation: it used in the context of light rail urban train operation. It pertains to slow-speed operation of trains that use vintage (pre-1970) streetcars.
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See also

heritage in French: Héritage
heritage in Norwegian: Arv
heritage in Swedish: Arv

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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