What does heir mean?

Definitions for heirɛər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word heir.

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


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. heir, eir, hair, OF. heir, eir, F. hoir, L. heres; of uncertain origin. Cf. Hereditary, Heritage.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heir

    ār, n. one who inherits anything after the death of the owner: one entitled to anything after the present possessor: a child, offspring:—fem. Heiress (ār′es).v.t. Heir, to inherit.—ns. Heir′-appā′rent, the one by law acknowledged to be heir; Heir′-at-law, an heir by legal right; Heir′dom, Heir′ship.—adj. Heir′less, without an heir.—ns. Heir′loom, any piece of furniture or personal property which descends to the heir-at-law by special custom; Heir′-presump′tive, one who will be heir if no nearer relative should be born.—Heir by custom, one whose right as heir is determined by customary modes of descent, as gavelkind, &c. [O. Fr. heir—L. hēres, an heir.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for heir »

  1. hire, rehi, ReHi

  2. Hire

  3. Rehi


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heir in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heir in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Proverb:

    A rich man is either a scoundrel or the heir of a scoundrel

  2. Tokuo Hayakawa:

    I can't tell my grandson to be my heir, reviving this town is impossible.

  3. Batu Kutelia:

    The Russian army is an heir to the Soviet army and accuracy of strikes was never a priority for it.

  4. Frederick Henry Hedge:

    Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.

  5. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.

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