Definition of heritage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈherɪtɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈherɪtɪdʒ//
    [usually singular] Historic buildings, Family background
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  1. 1the history, traditions and qualities that a country or society has had for many years and that are considered an important part of its character Spain’s rich cultural heritage The building is part of our national heritage. See related entries: Historic buildings, Family background
  2. 2(in compounds) used to describe a traditional product, brand, breed of animal or plant variety, especially one that is old-fashioned, rare and of high quality Cotswold sheep are considered a heritage breed in Canada. Heritage carrots are not always orange in colour. They work with some of Britain's oldest heritage brands, including Jaguar, Harrods and the BBC.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French heritage, from heriter ‘inherit’, from ecclesiastical Latin hereditare, from Latin heres, hered- ‘heir’.Extra examples Folk songs are part of our common heritage. I will not abandon my religious heritage. It’s a family-run business that traces its heritage back to 1884. She made a conscious attempt to explore her Jewish heritage. The city has an exceptionally rich heritage of historic buildings. The country has a long and proud heritage. The performance shows how African Americans celebrate their heritage. The site has UNESCO World Heritage status. They share a common ethnic heritage. an organization whose aim is to protect our heritage of wild plants protecting our heritage of wild plants the 40 million or so Americans who claim an Irish heritage Spain’s rich cultural heritage
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