suc·​ces·​sor | \ sək-ˈse-sər How to pronounce successor (audio) \

Definition of successor

: one that follows especially : one who succeeds to a throne, title, estate, or office

Examples of successor in a Sentence

The CEO's successor used to be the vice president here. the successor to the throne

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The former coach also sat down with his successor, Ryan Day, and generally handled talking about his former players well. Jacob Feldman,, "How Three College Football TV Debuts Fared During Week 1," 3 Sep. 2019 Wells speaks directly to the reader about his quest to find a successor, and the earnest philosophy that eventually led to his founding a corporate behemoth now crushing millions of American workers. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "Embrace the Cloud: Rob Hart chills with dystopian thriller ‘The Warehouse’," 21 Aug. 2019 Investigators only began probing suspicions of his collusion in the early release from prison of a mafia don in 2013, after the ex-president became embroiled in a vendetta with his successor and one-time protégé, Sooronbay Jeyenbekov. The Economist, "After a siege of his home, an ex-president faces grave charges," 17 Aug. 2019 Almazbek Atambayev, who was in office from 2011 to 2017, accused his successor and one-time protégé Sooronbai Jeenbekov of fabricating false criminal charges against him to stifle criticism. Vladimir Isachenkov,, "Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president calls for his successor’s ouster," 8 Aug. 2019 The Conservative Party plans to name her successor Tuesday, and the new prime minister — either front-runner Boris Johnson or Hunt — is expected to take office Wednesday. Gregory Katz,, "British Prime Minister Theresa May chairs emergency session on Iran’s seizure of oil tanker," 22 July 2019 Their conversation ends with Peter naively declaring that Mysterio is Iron Man’s true successor, and handing over to Beck the AI program that Tony Stark had originally left for Peter, called E.D.I.T.H. Allegra Frank, Vox, "After Spider-Man: Far From Home, the MCU multiverse remains unclear.," 11 July 2019 Chanel quickly appointed Virginie Viard, who worked closely with Lagerfeld for many years, as his successor. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Chanel is not—it repeats, not—for sale," 17 June 2019 Riley holds the distinction of being both the successor and predecessor to Dennis Erickson., "Canzano: Pat Casey officially out and Oregon State baseball will never be the same," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of successor

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for successor

Middle English successour, from Anglo-French, from Latin successor, from succedere

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English Language Learners Definition of successor

: a person who has a job, position, or title after someone else : someone who succeeds another person


suc·​ces·​sor | \ sək-ˈse-sər How to pronounce successor (audio) \

Kids Definition of successor

: a person who succeeds to a throne, title, property, or office


suc·​ces·​sor | \ sək-ˈse-sər How to pronounce successor (audio) \

Legal Definition of successor

: one that follows : one that succeeds another (as in a position, title, office, or estate)

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