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her·i·tage  (hr-tj)
1. Property that is or can be inherited; an inheritance.
2. Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.
3. The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright: a heritage of affluence and social position.

[Middle English, from Old French, from eritier, heir, from Medieval Latin hrditrius, from Latin, inherited; see hereditary.]
Synonyms: heritage, inheritance, legacy, tradition
These nouns denote something immaterial, such as a custom, that is passed from one generation to another: a heritage of moral uprightness; a rich inheritance of storytelling; a legacy of philosophical thought; the tradition of noblesse oblige.

heritage  /hrtd/  n. [U] 1 beliefs, traditions, history, etc. passed from one generation to the next: This country has a heritage of freedom and independence. 2 inheritance: That family has a heritage of wealth and power.

Thesaurus: heritage 1 a legacy, birthright, culture 2 legacy. heritage

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