Heritage

Heritage refers to something inherited from the past. The word has several different senses, including:

  • Natural heritage, an inheritance of fauna and flora, geology, landscape and landforms, and other natural resources
  • Cultural heritage, the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society: man-made heritage
    • Food heritage
    • Industrial heritage, monuments from industrial culture
    • Tradition, customs and practices inherited from ancestors
    • Virtual Heritage, an ICT work dealing with cultural heritage
  • Inheritance of physical goods after the death of an individual; of the physical or non-physical things inherited
  • Heredity, biological inheritance of physical characteristics
  • Birthright, something inherited due to the place, time, or circumstances of someone's birth
  • Kinship, the relationship between entities that share a genealogical origin
In music

Albums:

  • Heritage (Eddie Henderson album), 1976
  • Heritage (Earth, Wind & Fire album), 1990
  • Heritage (Astrofaes album), 2002
  • Heritage (Opeth album), 2011, and the title song

The name Heritage may also refer to:

  • Oliver Heritage Magazine
  • Heritage (1935 film), a 1935 Australian film directed by Charles Chauvel
  • Heritage (1984 film), a 1984 Slovenian film directed by Matjaž Klopčič
  • Heritage (Doctor Who), a novel in the BBC Books series
  • The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank located in Washington, D.C.
  • Heritage Day (disambiguation)
  • Heritage Guitars, a boutique guitar manufacturer, separated from Gibson
  • Heritage New Hampshire, a museum companion to the New Hampshire theme park Story Land
  • Heritage Records (Australia), a 1960s Australian record label
  • Heritage (Armenia), a liberal political party in Armenia
  • Heritage Party (Zambia), a political party in Zambia
  • Héritage, a defunct supermarket retailer based in Quebec, Canada
  • Heritage, vintage light rail urban train operation
  • Heritage Auctions, an auction House in Dallas

Famous quotes containing the word heritage:

    The heritage of the American Revolution is forgotten, and the American government, for better and for worse, has entered into the heritage of Europe as though it were its patrimony—unaware, alas, of the fact that Europe’s declining power was preceded and accompanied by political bankruptcy, the bankruptcy of the nation-state and its concept of sovereignty.
    Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)

    Flowers ... that are so pathetic in their beauty, frail as the clouds, and in their colouring as gorgeous as the heavens, had through thousands of years been the heritage of children—honoured as the jewellery of God only by them—when suddenly the voice of Christianity, counter-signing the voice of infancy, raised them to a grandeur transcending the Hebrew throne, although founded by God himself, and pronounced Solomon in all his glory not to be arrayed like one of these.
    Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859)

    It seems to me that upbringings have themes. The parents set the theme, either explicitly or implicitly, and the children pick it up, sometimes accurately and sometimes not so accurately.... The theme may be “Our family has a distinguished heritage that you must live up to” or “No matter what happens, we are fortunate to be together in this lovely corner of the earth” or “We have worked hard so that you can have the opportunities we didn’t have.”
    Calvin Trillin (20th century)