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heritage

Syllabification: her·it·age
Pronunciation: /ˈherədij
 
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Definition of heritage in English:

noun

[in singular]
1Property that is or may be inherited; an inheritance.
Example sentences
  • For the pluralistic West, universal access to heritage is an individual right.
  • Brothers, sisters and their children will pay a tax of 0.7 per cent of a heritage portion of over 250,000 leva worth.
Synonyms
1.1Valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations: the richness of our diverse cultural heritage a sense of history and heritage
More example sentences
  • History is necessary to instil patriotism and pride in the younger generation about the cultural heritage, values systems and religions, she says.
  • The ruins evoke the nation's Indian past and legitimizes both Peru's historical heritage and cultural tradition.
  • In addition, this model helps non-Asian readers to understand and value the cultural heritage of others.
Synonyms
tradition, history, past, background;
culture, customs
1.2 [as modifier] Denoting a traditional brand or product regarded as emblematic of fine craftsmanship: heritage brands have found a growing cachet among younger customers
More example sentences
  • You can go from ballistic nylon, which is a commodity that everyone needs to have, to our heritage lines of tweed and belting leather.
  • The regeneration of heritage marques through injections of dynamic fashion talent was the big fashion story of the mid- and late-1990s.
  • His commercial passion and specialist knowledge lies in reviving and growing heritage brands.
1.3 [as modifier] North American (Of a plant variety) not hybridized with another; old-fashioned: heritage roses
More example sentences
  • Some of those old heritage varieties can still be found in seed catalogs.
  • Hear about heritage varieties of apples and then taste the different types.
  • I've bought some turnip seeds (some rare heritage variety, natch…) and intend to grow turnips until they're coming out of my ears.
2 archaic A special or individual possession; an allotted portion.
Example sentences
  • This is your heritage as a baptized Christian, and it is something the Father longs to do for you.
2.1God’s chosen people (the people of Israel, or the Christian Church).

Origin

Middle English: from Old French heritage, from heriter 'inherit' (see heritable).

Words that rhyme with heritage

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