heritage vs inheritance what difference

what is difference between heritage and inheritance

English

Alternative forms

  • hæritage (archaic)

Etymology

From Old French eritage, heritage, (French héritage), ultimately derived (through suffixation) from Latin hērēs.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛɹ.ɪ.tɪd͡ʒ/
  • Hyphenation: her‧i‧tage

Noun

heritage (countable and uncountable, plural heritages)

  1. An inheritance; property that may be inherited.
  2. A tradition; a practice or set of values that is passed down from preceding generations through families or through institutional memory.
  3. A birthright; the status acquired by birth, especially of but not exclusive to the firstborn.
  4. (attributive) Having a certain background, such as growing up with a second language.

Derived terms

  • heritage language
  • heritage railway

Related terms

  • See heir

See also

  • (agriculture): heirloom, landrace

Translations



English

Alternative forms

  • enheritance (obsolete)
  • enheritaunce (obsolete)
  • inheritaunce (obsolete)

Etymology

Recorded since 1473, inherit +‎ -ance. More at inherit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈhɛɹətəns/

Noun

inheritance (countable and uncountable, plural inheritances)

  1. The passing of title to an estate upon death.
  2. (countable) That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament.
  3. (uncountable, especially linguistics, biology) The act or mechanism of inheriting; the state of having inherited
    The Indo-European languages share various similarities as a result of their inheritance from a common ancestor.
  4. (biology, genetic algorithms) The biological attributes passed hereditarily from ancestors to their offspring.
  5. (programming, object-oriented programming) The mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.

Hyponyms

Derived terms

  • inheritance law
  • preheritance

Related terms

  • inherit
  • inheritable
  • inheritor

Translations

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “inheritance”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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