Definition of heir
- was her father's sole heir
- heir to the throne
- saw himself as the logical heir to the slain dictator
His heirs could inherit millions of dollars.
The king left no heirs when he died.
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First Known Use: 13th century
in the meaning defined at sense 1
: 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
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