hereditary Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “hereditary” in the English Dictionary

"hereditary" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   /həˈred.ɪ.tər.i/
(of ​characteristics or ​diseases) ​passed from the genes of a ​parent to a ​child, or (of ​titles and ​positions in ​society) ​passed from ​parent to a ​child as a ​right: a hereditary ​disease Depression is often hereditary. It is a hereditary title, so ​Mark Howard will ​becomeSirMark Howard on his father's ​death.
(Definition of hereditary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hereditary" in American English

See all translations

hereditaryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /həˈred·ɪˌter·i/
caused by or having to do with ​heredity
(Definition of hereditary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hereditary?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “hereditary”

Word of the Day


the shiny brown poisonous nut of a horse chestnut tree

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More