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Heir meaning

heir - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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. 2. One who receives any endowment from an ancestor or relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues.
  3. 3. To inherit; to succeed to.
  4. 4. One who receives property from someone who has died. While the traditional meaning includes only those who had a legal right to the deceased person's property, modern usage includes anyone who receives property from the estate of a deceased person.
  5. 5. Heiress.
  6. 6. One who inherits another's property.

heir - examples of usage

  1. The heir discovered another secret which likewise contributed to sober him. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. The heir, in his slow way, thought the matter over and decided to continue the loan. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. They never had an heir. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
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