- (in common law) a person who inherits all the property of a deceased person, as by descent, relationship, will, or legal process.
- Civil Law. a person who legally succeeds to the place of a deceased person and assumes the rights and obligations of the deceased, as the liabilities for debts or the possessory rights to property.
verb (used with object)
Origin of heir
Examples from the Web for heir
The heir to a tightrope walking family has tried some crazy stunts in his day.Nik Wallenda’s Blindfolded Tightrope Caper: Defying Death Over The Chicago River|Jacqui Goddard|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Phew, he could have sex too, so an heir for Downton was assured.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho|Tim Teeman|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His mate soon gives birth to a son, Simba, and Mufasa teaches his heir apparent how to become a noble leader.The 13 Coolest Movie Dads: ‘Taken,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Die Hard,’ and More|Marlow Stern|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And to let you comprehend whether you are heir to that civilization or spouting hot air about it.My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail|P. J. O’Rourke|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He killed his own son and heir by whacking him over the head with the monarchal staff in a tsar-ish fit of temper.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself|P. J. O’Rourke|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The position of Abbe Gabriel is complicated; first of all, he is the heir of the Rennepont family.The Wandering Jew, Complete|Eugene Sue
Poverty-stricken and dishonoured, Margaret Basset's son might not be so successful a suitor as the heir of Trevethlan.Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3)|William Davy Watson
By his own order, his death was kept secret, and secretly his agent set to work to discover any trace of the heir.Handy Andy, Volume 2 (of 2)|Samuel Lover
In many cases the object of the creation is simply to obtain an heir.
"And Blanche, I suppose, is her grandfather's heir," said Warrington.The History of Pendennis|William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for heir
Word Origin for heir
Word Origin and History for heir
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.