Learner's definition of INHERITANCE
1 [count] : money, property, etc., that is received from someone when that person dies
She began her own business with the inheritance she got from her grandfather.
He left sizable inheritances to his children.
an inheritance tax [=a tax on inherited property or money]
2 [singular] : something from the past that is still important or valuable 3 [noncount] : the act of inheriting something