- The definition of heir is a person who is legally entitled to inherit something upon death, or someone who inherits something and then carries on the legacy or tradition.
- An example of heir is a person gifted with a house in a will.
- An example of heir is a person who is next in line to be king after his father dies.
- An example of heir is a person who sees herself as gifted with the ideals of the feminist movement.
heir definition by Webster's New World
- a person who inherits or is legally entitled to inherit, through the natural action of the law, another's property or title upon the other's death
- anyone who receives property of a deceased person either by will or by law
- a person who appears to get some trait from, or carries on in the tradition of, a predecessor
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin heres: see heredity
heir definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person who inherits or is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another.
- A person who succeeds or is in line to succeed to a hereditary rank, title, or office.
- One who receives or is expected to receive a heritage, as of ideas, from a predecessor.
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin hērēs; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.
heir - Business Definition
heir - Investment & Finance Definition
A person who receives money or assets from the estate of a person who has died. An heir may receive the property and funds through the direction of a will or, if the deceased hasn’t left other instructions, by legal statute as the family member who is lawfully eligible to receive the estate’s proceeds.
heir - Legal Definition