heritage


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

heritage

1. 
a. the evidence of the past, such as historical sites, buildings, and the unspoilt natural environment, considered collectively as the inheritance of present-day society
b. (as modifier; cap. as part of name): Bannockburn Heritage Centre
2. Law any property, esp land, that by law has descended or may descend to an heir
3. Bible
a. the Israelites regarded as belonging inalienably to God
b. the land of Canaan regarded as God's gift to the Israelites
References in classic literature ?
Freedom to roam and run and lie down at will, had been his heritage; and here it was being infringed upon.
You have talked windily about the royal races and the heritage of the earth, and we can only reply that that remains to be seen.
He knew neither fear nor mercy, except upon rare occasions when some strange, inexplicable force stayed his hand--a force inexplicable to him, perhaps, because of his ignorance of his own origin and of all the forces of humanitarianism and civilization that were his rightful heritage because of that origin.
His heritage of English blood rendered it a difficult thing even to consider a surrender of his project, though he was forced to admit to himself that his balu was not all that he had hoped.
I did not know how far they had forgotten their human heritage.
As no other children have been born to any of the newer generations in the intervening years, all hopes of heritage are now centred in the grandson of this man.
Where the real sex feeling begins, timidity and distrust are its companions, heritage from old wicked days when love and violence went often hand in hand.
As he realizes that he has a country of his own to protect, a dear, precious heritage come down to him through countless ages, so he learns that it is his sacred duty to know how to do his share in defending it.
"I'm American, you see," she persisted, "and our American heritage is a large parcel of business sense.
On my lovely ranch in the Valley of the Moon, brain-soaked with many months of alcohol, I am oppressed by the cosmic sadness that has always been the heritage of man.
There were stories enough of their bold and daring deeds to fill many books, so that we feel that Walter had been born into a heritage of Romance.
It is their inborn heritage to strive to devour, and to strive not to be devoured.