something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.
something reserved for one: the heritage of the righteous.
something that has been or may be inherited by legal descent or succession.
any property, especially land, that devolves by right of inheritance.

1175–1225; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to heriter to inherit + -age -age; see heir

1. estate, patrimony. See inheritance.
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heritage (ˈhɛrɪtɪdʒ)
1.  something inherited at birth, such as personal characteristics, status, and possessions
2.  anything that has been transmitted from the past or handed down by tradition
3.  a.  the evidence of the past, such as historical sites, buildings, and the unspoilt natural environment, considered collectively as the inheritance of present-day society
 b.  (as modifier; cap. as part of name): Bannockburn Heritage Centre
4.  something that is reserved for a particular person or group or the outcome of an action, way of life, etc: the sea was their heritage; the heritage of violence
5.  law any property, esp land, that by law has descended or may descend to an heir
6.  Bible
 a.  the Israelites regarded as belonging inalienably to God
 b.  the land of Canaan regarded as God's gift to the Israelites
[C13: from Old French; see heir]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "that which may be inherited," from O.Fr. eritage, from heriter "inherit," from L.L. hereditare, ult. from L. heres (gen. heredis) "heir" (see heredity).
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