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Definition of "heir" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "heir" in a sentence
  • "I. ii.58 (10,7) [and thy father Was duke of Milan, thou his only heir] Perhaps -- _and_ thou _his only heir_."
  • "He had issue by the said Joan two sods, John his heir and Adam; besides a daughter Sarah, wedded to Roger de Carswell) and was suc - ceeded by John his son and heir*"
  • "Well, RPT, they each came out of a public university med school about $150K or so down, got paid peanuts for their internship and residencies, started actually earning money in heir mid thirties, worked hard in private practice, paid it all off, and lived wisely."