[suh k-ses-er]
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Origin of successor

1250–1300; < Latin, equivalent to succed-, variant stem of succēdere to succeed + -tor -tor, with dt > ss; replacing Middle English successour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related formssuc·ces·sor·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of successor

  • "Then I must insist that you appoint your successor," said Aspasia.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • His successor is his younger brother, Hygelc, 2944 ff., 2992.



  • He taught, as it appears, somewhat obscurely at Athens, and for successor had Timon.

  • Who was Caesar's successor and the first one who organized the Roman Empire?

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • His successor tried to conceal De Soto's death from the Indians.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

British Dictionary definitions for successor


  1. a person or thing that follows, esp a person who succeeds another in an office
  2. logic the element related to a given element by a serial ordering, esp the natural number next larger to a given one. The successor of n is n + 1, usually written Sn or n′
Derived Formssuccessoral, adjective
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Word Origin and History for successor

"one who comes after," late 13c., from Old French successour, from Latin successor, agent noun from past participle stem of succedere (see succeed).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper