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See also: Heritage and héritage


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From Old French eritage, heritage, (French héritage), ultimately derived (through suffixation) from Latin hērēs.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛɹ.ɪ.tɪd͡ʒ/
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  • Hyphenation: her‧i‧tage


heritage (countable and uncountable, plural heritages)

  1. An inheritance; property that may be inherited.
  2. A tradition; a practice or set of values that is passed down from preceding generations through families or through institutional memory.
  3. A birthright; the status acquired by birth, especially of but not exclusive to the firstborn.
  4. (attributive) Having a certain background, such as growing up with a second language.
    a heritage speaker; a heritage language
    The university requires heritage Spanish students to enroll in a specially designed Spanish program not available to non-heritage students.

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