He seemed like one come back from the dead, for long had his heirless father and people mourned for him.
You have made me childless, but you and yours shall be heirless for ever.
He was extremely rich, and unless remote relations were considered, heirless.
The Abbey would benefit considerably, for, once a monk, Raymond would be heirless.
c.1300, from Anglo-French heir, Old French oir "heir, successor," from Latin heredem (nominative heres) "heir, heiress" (see heredity). Heir apparent (late 14c.) has the French order of noun-adjective, though it was not originally so written in English. It is the heir of one still alive whose right is clear. After death the heir apparent becomes the heir-at-law.