- 1 [countable, usually singular, uncountable] the money, property, etc. that you receive from someone when they die; the fact of receiving something when someone dies She spent all her inheritance in a year. The title passes by inheritance to the eldest son. She came into (= received) her inheritance at eighteen.
- 2[uncountable, countable] something from the past or from your family that affects the way you behave, look, etc. our cultural inheritance Physical characteristics are determined by genetic inheritance.