Pronunciation: (her'i-tij), [key]
1. something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.
2. something reserved for one: the heritage of the righteous.
a. something that has been or may be inherited by legal descent or succession.
b. any property, esp. land, that devolves by right of inheritance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.