Heir Definition

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noun
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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.
Webster's New World
Anyone who receives property of a deceased person either by will or by law.
Webster's New World
A person who succeeds or is in line to succeed to a hereditary rank, title, or office.
American Heritage
One who receives or is expected to receive a heritage, as of ideas, from a predecessor.
American Heritage
A person who appears to get some trait from, or carries on in the tradition of, a predecessor.
Webster's New World
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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.
Webster's New World Law

A descendant through an indirect line, such as the issue of a sibling or cousin. See also issue.

Webster's New World Law
Archaic. A phrase formerly necessary for the creation of a fee simple.
Webster's New World Law

Other Word Forms of Heir

Noun

Singular:
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Plural:
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Origin of Heir

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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