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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
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    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
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    attribute
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  3. noun
    practices that are handed down from the past by tradition
    “a heritage of freedom”
    synonyms: legacy
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    practice
    knowledge of how something is usually done
  4. noun
    hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
    synonyms: inheritance
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    acquisition
    the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
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