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Definition something handed down from the past
in various senses, including:
  • traditions — as in "Americans inherit a heritage of freedom"
  • cultural practices — as in "Hospitality to strangers is part of Arabic cultural heritage."
  • physical items built and/or protected from long ago — as in "The cathedral is a World Heritage site," or "The national parks are part of our heritage as Americans."
  • the world's heritage of knowledge
  • The country was slow to recognize the rights of African-Americans and women, but still has a heritage of freedom relative to most of the world.
  • heritage = something handed down from the past
  • born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage.
    John F. Kennedy (Inaugural Address)
  • a concert celebrating Hispanic musical heritage
  • The Taj Mahal has been declared a World Heritage Site.
  • Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
    Psalm 119:111 (NIV)
  • our lot is cast in a goodly heritage.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • For what is man's lot from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high?
    Job 31:2 (NIV)
  • On our Great West African Heritage!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • heritage = things handed down from the past — such as traditional practices
  • All except his childhood, his own heritage.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • And within the progressive societies themselves, every last vestige of the ancient human heritage of ritual, morality, and art is in full decay.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • It informed me not only that you are Lunar, not only that you are not a shell, but also something of your heritage.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • "White and light" refers to people who are either entirely white or, more likely, who have some black heritage that is no longer readily apparent.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • "Your heritage," she said, And then she turned to Maggie, kissed her, and said, "You ought to try to make something of yourself, too, Maggie.
    Alice Walker  --  Everyday Use
  • If his father can endow him with a good physique and his mother with some common sense in his early education, that should be his heritage.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • And being well perhaps I've gone back to my true self—I suppose my grandfather was a crook and I'm a crook by heritage, so there we are.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • But they never took all this family heritage stuff seriously, did they?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Through blinding shock he passed slowly into cold acceptance of his heritage from the desert.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The queen of Connacht, another of Ireland's four great kingdoms. argued with her husband over whose heritage and possessions were greater.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan

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