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  1. a person who inherits; heir.
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Origin of inheritor

First recorded in 1400–50, inheritor is from the late Middle English word enheritour, -er. See inherit, -or2
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Related Words for inheritor

replacement, heir, recipient, beneficiary, scion, successor, inheritor, follower, descendant, heritor, possessor, receiver, payee, devisee, grantee, donee, assignee, stipendiary, legatee, heiress

Examples from the Web for inheritor

Historical Examples of inheritor

  • He was an inheritor; and she had loved, not him, but his inheritance.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • If he was one, he was either the victim of misfortune or the inheritor of the misfortune of an ancestor.


    William Graham Sumner

  • It is as your son that I speak; it is as the inheritor of your name,—that name which Madeleine also bears.

    Fairy Fingers

    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

  • The dying man was, after all, the inheritor of his ancestors' virtues and failings.

    Grey Town

    Gerald Baldwin

  • A man in prison, for instance, would not be the inheritor of anything.

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan