heir apparent

noun, plural heirs apparent.

an heir whose right is indefeasible, provided he or she survives the ancestor.
a person whose succession to a position appears certain: His popularity makes him the chief's heir apparent.

Origin of heir apparent

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75
Related formsheir apparency, noun
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  • The heir-apparent, the late King, admired his talent and relished his society.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The heir-apparent was privileged to support two, and the third from the king but one.

  • In April, 1502, at the age of ten, Henry became the heir-apparent to the English throne.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • That chief was, therefore, brother-in-law to the king, and uncle to the heir-apparent.

    Captain Cook

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • You see it's about time to select an heir-apparent for Brockhurst.

British Dictionary definitions for heir apparent

heir apparent

noun plural heirs apparent

property law a person whose right to succeed to certain property cannot be defeated, provided such person survives his ancestorCompare heir presumptive
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