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heir

play
noun \ˈer\

Simple Definition of heir

  • : a person who has the legal right to receive the property of someone who dies

  • : a person who has the right to become a king or queen or to claim a title when the person holding it dies

Full Definition of heir

  1. 1 :  one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property

  2. 2 :  one who inherits or is entitled to succeed to a hereditary rank, title, or office <heir to the throne>

  3. 3 :  one who receives or is entitled to receive some endowment or quality from a parent or predecessor

heir·less play \-ləs\ adjective
heir·ship play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of heir

  1. His heirs could inherit millions of dollars.

  2. The king left no heirs when he died.



Origin of heir

Middle English, from Anglo-French eir, heir, from Latin hered-, heres; akin to Greek chēros bereaved


First Known Use: 13th century


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heir

verb

Definition of heir

chiefly dialect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  inherit



14th Century

First Known Use of heir

14th century



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