heritage

Heritage can refer to practices or characteristics that are passed down through the years, from one generation to the next. Researching your family tree would help you gain a sense of your personal heritage.

Heritage is often used to discuss a cultural aspect or tradition that has been passed down through generations. For example, one might speak of an area’s "rich musical heritage.” Heritage can also refer to a person's ethnic or cultural background. In a legal sense, heritage is property that you inherit, like a silver teapot your great aunt Sally left to you.

Definitions of heritage
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n that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

Synonyms:
inheritance
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primogeniture
right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son
borough English
a former English custom by which the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers
accretion
(law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance)
bequest, legacy
(law) a gift of personal property by will
birthright, patrimony
an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)
devise
(law) a gift of real property by will
heirloom
something that has been in a family for generations
Type of:
transferred possession, transferred property
a possession whose ownership changes or lapses

n any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors

“the world's heritage of knowledge”
Synonyms:
inheritance
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birthright
personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
background
a person's social heritage: previous experience or training
birthright
a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth
upbringing
properties acquired during a person's formative years
breeding, education, training
the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
nurture, raising, rearing
the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
Type of:
attribute
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

n practices that are handed down from the past by tradition

“a heritage of freedom”
Type of:
practice
knowledge of how something is usually done

n hereditary succession to a title or an office or property

Synonyms:
inheritance
Type of:
acquisition
the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something