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heir

 (âr)
n.
1. A person who inherits or is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another.
2. A person who succeeds or is in line to succeed to a hereditary rank, title, or office.
3. One who receives or is expected to receive a heritage, as of ideas, from a predecessor.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin hērēs; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.]

heir

(ɛə)
n
1. (Law) civil law the person legally succeeding to all property of a deceased person, irrespective of whether such person died testate or intestate, and upon whom devolves as well as the rights the duties and liabilities attached to the estate
2. any person or thing that carries on some tradition, circumstance, etc, from a forerunner
3. an archaic word for offspring
[C13: from Old French, from Latin hērēs; related to Greek khēros bereaved]
ˈheirless adj

heir

(ɛər)

n.
1. a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter's death.
2.
a. (in common law) a person who inherits all the property of a decedent, as by relationship or legal process.
b. (in civil law) a person who succeeds to the place of a deceased person and assumes the rights and obligations of the deceased.
3. a person who inherits or is entitled to inherit the rank, title, or position of another.
4. a person or group considered as inheriting the tradition, talent, etc., of a predecessor.
[1225–75; Middle English (h)eir < Old French < Latin hērēdem, acc. of hērēs; akin to Greek chêros bereaved]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heir - a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
recipient, receiver - a person who receives something
heir apparent - an heir whose right to an inheritance cannot be defeated if that person outlives the ancestor
heir-at-law - the person legally entitled to inherit the property of someone who dies intestate
heiress, inheritress, inheritrix - a female heir
heir presumptive - a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative
2.heir - a person who inherits some title or office
offspring, progeny, issue - the immediate descendants of a person; "she was the mother of many offspring"; "he died without issue"

heir

noun successor, beneficiary, inheritor, heiress (fem.), scion, next in line, inheritress or inheritrix (fem.) the heir to the throne
Translations
وَريثوَرِيثٌ
dědic-čka
arving
ErbeThronerbe
perillinenvallanperijäperijä
nasljednik
erfingi
相続人
상속인
įpėdinisšeimos relikvija
mantinieks
dedič
dedič
arvinge
ทายาท
mirasçıvaris
người thừa kế nam

heir

[ɛəʳ] Nheredero/a m/f
heir apparentheredero/a m/f forzoso/a
heir at law (Jur) → heredero/a m/f forzoso/a
heir to the throneheredero/a m/f al trono
to be heir to (fig) → ser heredero/a a

heir

[ˈɛər] nhéritier/ière m/f
to be the heir to sth → être l'héritier/ière de qch
the heir to the throne → l'héritier/ière du trône, l'héritier/ière de la couronneheir apparent n
the heir apparent → l'héritier/ière m/f présomptif/ive

heir

nErbe m, → Erbin f (→ to +gen); heir to the throneThronfolger(in) m(f)

heir

[ɛəʳ] nerede m/f

heir

() feminine ˈheiress noun
a person who by law receives wealth, property etc when the owner dies. A person's eldest son is usually his heir; A king's eldest son is the heir to the throne.
ˈheirloom (-luːm) noun
something valuable that has been handed down in a family from generation to generation. This brooch is a family heirloom.

heir

وَرِيثٌ dědic arving Erbe κληρονόμος heredero perillinen héritier nasljednik erede 相続人 상속인 erfgenaam arving spadkobierca herdeiro наследник arvinge ทายาท varis người thừa kế nam 继承人
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answered a husky voice from above, and, running up, Meg found her sister eating apples and crying over the Heir of Redclyffe, wrapped up in a comforter on an old three-legged sofa by the sunny window.
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Then let him be thankful, and manifest the same by grateful speech and due humility; he were a dog, else, and the heir and ancestor of dogs.
She stepped over and glanced at the other infant;' she flung a glance back at her own; then one more at the heir of the house.
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He had only himself to please in his choice: his fortune was his own; for as to Frank, it was more than being tacitly brought up as his uncle's heir, it had become so avowed an adoption as to have him assume the name of Churchill on coming of age.
Granby, one of the best connected and most estimable residents in S-, grandson and heir to Sir Frederic Granby: I had the intelligence from her father yesterday.
George your heir is the right will for you to make.
Then up rose Mrs Cratchit, Cratchit's wife, dressed out but poorly in a twice-turned gown, but brave in ribbons, which are cheap and make a goodly show for sixpence; and she laid the cloth, assisted by Belinda Cratchit, second of her daughters, also brave in ribbons; while Master Peter Cratchit plunged a fork into the saucepan of potatoes, and getting the corners of his monstrous shirt collar (Bob's private property, conferred upon his son and heir in honour of the day) into his mouth, rejoiced to find himself so gallantly attired, and yearned to show his linen in the fashionable Parks.
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Pocket and Drummle while I was attentive to my knife and fork, spoon, glasses, and other instruments of self-destruction, that Drummle, whose Christian name was Bentley, was actually the next heir but one to a baronetcy.