Heir meaning

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A person who inherits or is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another.
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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.

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A person who succeeds or is in line to succeed to a hereditary rank, title, or office.
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One who receives or is expected to receive a heritage, as of ideas, from a predecessor.
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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.
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Someone who inherits, or is designated to inherit, the property of another.
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Anyone who receives property of a deceased person either by will or by law.
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A person who appears to get some trait from, or carries on in the tradition of, a predecessor.
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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.
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Colloquially used to refer to anyone who inherits under a will or otherwise.
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A descendant through an indirect line, such as the issue of a sibling or cousin. See also issue.
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Archaic. A phrase formerly necessary for the creation of a fee simple.
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An heir who is above or below the decedent in the direct line of descent, such as a parent or child.
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One who inherits, or has been designated to inherit, a hereditary title or office.
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A successor in a role, representing continuity with the predecessor.
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Origin of heir

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Latin hērēs ghē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English heres, from Old French eir, heir, from Latin hēres (genitive hēredis).

    From Wiktionary