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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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He that hath a goal and an heir, wanteth death at the right time for the goal and the heir.
The last Count of Spada, moreover, made me his heir, bequeathing to me this symbolic breviary, he bequeathed to me all it contained; no, no, make your mind satisfied on that point.
Precisely such had the paragraph originally stood from the printer's hands; but Sir Walter had improved it by adding, for the information of himself and his family, these words, after the date of Mary's birth-- "Married, December 16, 1810, Charles, son and heir of Charles Musgrove, Esq.
The heir to the estate (Sir Percival having left no issue) was a son of Sir Felix Glyde's first cousin, an officer in command of an East Indiaman.
You who have little or no patrimony to bequeath or to inherit, may be on good terms with your father or your son, whereas the heir of a great prince, such as my Lord Steyne, must naturally be angry at being kept out of his kingdom, and eye the occupant of it with no very agreeable glances.
It will give me much pleasure if you will escort me," said the Sultan, "and as I have no children, I will make you my heir.
Petersburg again, since everything there was horrible, and he had to entertain a worthless nephew whom he had sworn to disinherit in favour of a legal heir; and, finally, that it was to obtain such a legal heir that he was seeking my hand in marriage.
Who should he be," answered Partridge, "but the son and heir of the great Squire Allworthy, of Somersetshire
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.
He is heir to thy throne by blood, O King, and thou sittest in his place.
Now every one is permitted to make a woman his heir if he pleases; and if he dies intestate, he who succeeds as heir at law gives it to whom he pleases.
George Bartram is generally understood to be his uncle's heir -- you will, I think, acknowledge that I am not warning you without a cause.