Definition of heritage in English:

heritage

Pronunciation /ˈherədij/ /ˈhɛrədɪdʒ/

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noun

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

    ‘they had stolen his grandfather's heritage’
    • ‘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. 1.1Valued 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, this model helps non-Asian readers to understand and value the cultural heritage of others.’
      • ‘In pre-literate societies, poetry was the means by which a community's cultural heritage was passed from one generation to the next.’
      • ‘We are trying to save the visual heritage of these historic buildings and create a modern community centre inside.’
      • ‘There is a long tradition of concern for history and cultural heritage in Iraq.’
      • ‘Investors interested in Bulgaria can see offers in mountain and seaside resorts, as well as towns with a rich cultural and historical heritage.’
      • ‘Organizations that promote traditional Chinese music have preserved the rich musical heritage of many national minorities.’
      • ‘Together, we must help each other preserve the national heritage for future generations.’
      • ‘The Pondicherry Government intends conserving the architectural heritage of the town within the boulevard area.’
      • ‘How can we protect our diverse natural heritage whilst at the same time developing the economy?’
      • ‘But now, like so much of the nation's natural heritage, it is under threat.’
      • ‘And jazz lovers are no doubt worrying about what the devastation could mean for the city's musical heritage.’
      • ‘Celebrate your African heritage by taking part in today's indigenous games extravaganza, starting at 10 am.’
      • ‘What binds the group together is a common Jewish heritage as passed down from generation to generation.’
      • ‘Steam is an award-winning, much loved attraction that celebrates our railway 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.’
      • ‘It states that those values are the heritage of future generations.’
      • ‘A traditional role of universities has been to pass on the intellectual heritage and culture of a country.’
      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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"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."’
      • ‘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 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've bought some turnip seeds (some rare heritage variety, natch…) and intend to grow turnips until they're coming out of my ears.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘For old garden roses, also known as heritage roses or antique roses, it's a little different.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are constructing around existing old-growth trees and heritage plants.’
      • ‘It also has the largest collection of heritage apple varieties on mainland Australia.’
      • ‘The Botanic Gardens also have a significant heritage rose collection.’
      • ‘The most reliable shrub roses for fragrance are the old and heritage roses such as those bred by David Austin.’
      • ‘Growing heritage vegetables to use in period recipes is also a gardening interest of Sue's.’
      • ‘Our statistics also show that more than half of those heritage seeds were introduced by only 21 companies, so these gains are extremely fragile.’
  • 2archaic A special or individual possession; an allotted portion.

    ‘God's love remains your heritage’
    • ‘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).