- (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)
- heinz-ehrlich body,
- heir apparent,
- heir at law,
- heir presumptive,
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
Word Origin 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.