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Heritage definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Inheritance; an estate that passes from an ancestor to an heir by descent or course of law; that which is inherited. In Scot's law, it sometimes signifies immovable estate, in distinction from movable.
2. In Scripture, the saints or people of God are called his heritage, as being claimed by him, and the objects of his special care. 1 Peter 5.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: practices that are handed down from the past by tradition; "a heritage of freedom"
2: any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge" [syn: inheritance, heritage]
3: that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner [syn: inheritance, heritage]
4: hereditary succession to a title or an office or property [syn: inheritance, heritage]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from heriter to inherit, from Late Latin hereditare, from Latin hered-, heres heir more at heir Date: 13th century 1. property that descends to an heir 2. a. something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor ; legacy, inheritance b. tradition 3. something possessed as a result of one's natural situation or birth ; birthright <the nation's heritage of tolerance>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 anything that is or may be inherited. 2 inherited circumstances, benefits, etc. (a heritage of confusion). 3 a nation's historic buildings, monuments, countryside, etc., esp. when regarded as worthy of preservation. 4 Bibl. a the ancient Israelites. b the Church. Etymology: ME f. OF (as HERITABLE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Heritage Her"it*age, a. [OE. heritage, eritage, OF. heritage, eritage, F. h['e]ritage, fr. h['e]riter to inherit, LL. heriditare. See Hereditable.] 1. That which is inherited, or passes from heir to heir; inheritance. Part of my heritage, Which my dead father did bequeath to me. --Shak. 2. (Script.) A possession; the Israelites, as God's chosen people; also, a flock under pastoral charge. --Joel iii. 2. --1 Peter v. 3.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(heritages) A country's heritage is all the qualities, traditions, or features of life there that have continued over many years and have been passed on from one generation to another. The historic building is as much part of our heritage as the paintings. N-VAR: usu with supp, oft poss N

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

her'-i-taj (nachalah, from nachal, "to give"; kleroo): That which is allotted, possession, property, portion, share, peculiar right, inheritance; applied to land transferred from the Canaanites to Israel (Ps 11:6; 136:22); to Israel, as the heritage of Yahweh (Joe 3:2, etc.). In the New Testament (Eph 1:11) applied to believers, the spiritual Israel, as God's peculiar possession (Ellicott, Eadie).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Inheritance, portion, patrimony, estate.

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