Definitions for heirɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

heirɛər(n.)

  1. a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter's death.

  2. (in common law) a person who inherits all the property of a decedent, as by relationship or legal process. (in civil law) a person who succeeds to the place of a deceased person and assumes the rights and obligations of the deceased.

    Category: Law

  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.

Origin of heir:

1225–75; ME (h)eir < OF < L hērēdem, acc. of hērēs; akin to Gk chêros bereaved

Princeton's WordNet

  1. heir, inheritor, heritor(noun)

    a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another

  2. successor, heir(noun)

    a person who inherits some title or office

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. heir(noun)ɛər

    the person who receives the money and property of sb who dies

Wiktionary

  1. heir(Noun)

    Someone who inherits, or is designated to inherit, the property of another.

  2. heir(Noun)

    One who inherits, or has been designated to inherit, a hereditary title or office.

  3. heir(Noun)

    A successor in a role, representing continuity with the predecessor.

  4. Origin: From heres, from eir, heir, from heres (genitive heredis).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heir(noun)

    one who inherits, or is entitled to succeed to the possession of, any property after the death of its owner; one on whom the law bestows the title or property of another at the death of the latter

  2. Heir(noun)

    one who receives any endowment from an ancestor or relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues

  3. Heir(verb)

    to inherit; to succeed to

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heir' in Nouns Frequency: #2475


Translations for heir

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

heir(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.

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