Definition of heritage in English:

heritage

noun

  • 1Property that is or may be inherited; an inheritance.

    • ‘For the pluralistic West, universal access to heritage is an individual right.’
    • ‘Brothers, sisters and their children will pay a tax of 0.7 per cent of a heritage portion of over 250,000 leva worth.’
    inheritance, birthright, patrimony
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    1. 1.1 Valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations.
      ‘a sense of history and heritage’
      ‘the richness of our diverse cultural heritage’
      • ‘Still, much of the nation's heritage has been destroyed in the name of modernization.’
      • ‘Many traditional dishes contain beans and corn, reflecting the Indian heritage of the country.’
      • ‘How can we protect our diverse natural heritage whilst at the same time developing the economy?’
      • ‘There is a long tradition of concern for history and cultural heritage in Iraq.’
      • ‘In pre-literate societies, poetry was the means by which a community's cultural heritage was passed from one generation to the next.’
      • ‘A traditional role of universities has been to pass on the intellectual heritage and culture of a country.’
      • ‘The Pondicherry Government intends conserving the architectural heritage of the town within the boulevard area.’
      • ‘Together, we must help each other preserve the national heritage for future generations.’
      • ‘Investors interested in Bulgaria can see offers in mountain and seaside resorts, as well as towns with a rich cultural and historical heritage.’
      • ‘Steam is an award-winning, much loved attraction that celebrates our railway heritage.’
      • ‘But now, like so much of the nation's natural heritage, it is under threat.’
      • ‘Organizations that promote traditional Chinese music have preserved the rich musical heritage of many national minorities.’
      • ‘What binds the group together is a common Jewish heritage as passed down from generation to generation.’
      • ‘In addition, this model helps non-Asian readers to understand and value the cultural heritage of others.’
      • ‘History is necessary to instil patriotism and pride in the younger generation about the cultural heritage, values systems and religions, she says.’
      • ‘The ruins evoke the nation's Indian past and legitimizes both Peru's historical heritage and cultural tradition.’
      • ‘Celebrate your African heritage by taking part in today's indigenous games extravaganza, starting at 10 am.’
      • ‘And jazz lovers are no doubt worrying about what the devastation could mean for the city's musical heritage.’
      • ‘It states that those values are the heritage of future generations.’
      • ‘We are trying to save the visual heritage of these historic buildings and create a modern community centre inside.’
      tradition, history, background, culture, customs, past
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    2. 1.2as modifier Denoting a traditional brand or product regarded as emblematic of fine craftsmanship.
      ‘heritage brands have found a growing cachet among younger customers’
      • ‘Quarried stone is used mainly for the production of roof tiles and other heritage products rather than garden rockery stone or sand and gravel.’
      • ‘His commercial passion and specialist knowledge lies in reviving and growing heritage brands.’
      • ‘Today, decades old, high-quality, American heritage brands such as Woolrich jackets, Red Wing boots, Hamilton shirts and even Zippo lighters are prospering even as their flashy, Euro-sleek competitors are taping sale signs to the front windows.’
      • ‘The jacket image was created by award-winning design agency The Partners, who work with some of Britain's oldest heritage brands including Jaguar, Wedgwood, Harrods, the BBC and The National Gallery.’
      • ‘Over the years, he has driven the expansion of this global marketer of personal care brands by acquiring and revitalising well known heritage brands including Lypsyl, Harmony and Yardley.’
      • ‘According to Asda, we're increasingly stocking up on what might politely be called "heritage brands" and leaving the newer stuff - wasabi paste, extra virgin olive oil and cinnamon sticks - mouldering on the shelves.’
      • ‘"There are heritage brands that will not be produced at Gargrave indefinitely and this gives us a real opportunity to develop innovative products that will give the Gargrave facility and our employees a long and prosperous future."’
      • ‘Aertex is one of the last classic British heritage brands to be rediscovered and given a fresh lick of love.’
      • ‘The London-based private investment firm specializes in reviving heritage brands.’
      • ‘The regeneration of heritage marques through injections of dynamic fashion talent was the big fashion story of the mid- and late-1990s.’
      • ‘You can go from ballistic nylon, which is a commodity that everyone needs to have, to our heritage lines of tweed and belting leather.’
    3. 1.3North American as modifier (of a plant variety) not hybridized with another; old-fashioned.
      ‘heritage roses’
      • ‘They are constructing around existing old-growth trees and heritage plants.’
      • ‘I've bought some turnip seeds (some rare heritage variety, natch…) and intend to grow turnips until they're coming out of my ears.’
      • ‘Some of those old heritage varieties can still be found in seed catalogs.’
      • ‘Hear about heritage varieties of apples and then taste the different types.’
      • ‘The potatoes - doubtless La Ratte or Pink Fir - had the furry waxiness and real flavour you only get from the great heritage varieties that have been boiled in their skins.’
      • ‘The logistics of buses and tour guides in each area is still being sorted out but the idea is rolling out with enthusiasts in each town planting heritage roses around tourism sites.’
      • ‘They're both heritage varieties, so that's pretty good going I think although I haven't given up all hope of the other seeds sprouting.’
      • ‘The two specimens in the red pots at the front are Dwarf French Beans of the variety Scott's Bean, a heritage variety from the HDRA Heritage Seed Library.’
      • ‘Popular first earlies are Red Duke of York, a heritage variety with yellow flesh and a great flavour, and Epicure, which gives a good yield.’
      • ‘For old garden roses, also known as heritage roses or antique roses, it's a little different.’
      • ‘Our statistics also show that more than half of those heritage seeds were introduced by only 21 companies, so these gains are extremely fragile.’
      • ‘Growing heritage vegetables to use in period recipes is also a gardening interest of Sue's.’
      • ‘Most modern roses are budded, and have a bud union, while heritage roses, many shrub roses, and most miniature roses grow on their own roots and do not have a bud union.’
      • ‘The Botanic Gardens also have a significant heritage rose collection.’
      • ‘It also has the largest collection of heritage apple varieties on mainland Australia.’
      • ‘The heritage orchard has a variety of different breeds of pears and the community uses the pears for wine, jams and all sorts of yummy things.’
      • ‘The most reliable shrub roses for fragrance are the old and heritage roses such as those bred by David Austin.’
  • 2archaic A special or individual possession; an allotted portion.

    • ‘This is your heritage as a baptized Christian, and it is something the Father longs to do for you.’
  • 3archaic Christians, or the ancient Israelites, seen as God's chosen people.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French heritage, from heriter ‘inherit’ (see heritable).

Pronunciation

heritage

/ˈherədij//ˈhɛrədɪdʒ/