a person who inherits; heir.

Origin of inheritor

First recorded in 1400–50, inheritor is from the late Middle English word enheritour, -er. See inherit, -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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