• WordNet 3.6
    • n heir a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
    • n heir a person who inherits some title or office
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Eating apples and crying over the "Heir of Redclyffe" Eating apples and crying over the "Heir of Redclyffe"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A 27 year old heir to a sausage empire was handed a ticket for 116,000 pounds for driving at 80 km/hr in a 40 km/hr zone. This is because the speeding tickets in Finland are based on how much money a person makes
    • Heir 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. "I am my father's heir and only son."
    • Heir One who receives any endowment from an ancestor or relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues. "And I his heir in misery alone."
    • v. t Heir To inherit; to succeed to. "One only daughter heired the royal state."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If Monaco's ruling house of Grimaldi should ever be without an heir (male or female), the country will cease to be a sovereign state.
    • n heir One who inherits, or has a right of inheritance in, the property of another; one who receives, or is entitled to receive, possession of property or a vested right on the death of its owner, either as his natural or as his legal successor.
    • n heir Technically, in law, the person upon whom the law casts an estate in real property immediately on the death of the ancestor, as distinguished from one who takes by will as a legatee or devisee, and from one who succeeds by law to personal property as next of kin. The same person who is heir when considered with reference to realty is often also next of kin when considered with reference to personalty: and where a testator's will disposes of part only of his realty, the same person who takes under the will as devisee may also take an undisposed-of part as heir. In this sense the word as used at common law does not include a widow on whom the law casts an estate in dower, or a husband on whom the law casts an estate by the courtesy, for these are considered new estates, arising out of marriage and its incidents, and carved out of the fee, not as a continuation or devolution of the fee itself. If there be dower or courtesy, the heir is that person who takes immediate title to the fee, subject to such life-estate. In legal phrase heir and heir at law are commonly used in England in the singular, because the general rule of descent there has given the entire estate to the eldest male. The singular is also not uncommonly used in the United States to designate whoever may be entitled, whether one or more, because of English usage, and because appropriate in all cases where there is but one standing in the nearest degree to the deceased.
    • n heir In a broader sense, in those jurisdictions where the distinction between realty and personalty is disregarded, the person entitled by law to succeed one dying in respect of either kind of property, as distinguished from those taking by will. In jurisdictions where the distinction is preserved, a testamentary gift of personalty, expressed to be to one's heirs, is commonly understood to intend his next of kin.
    • n heir In another extended sense, one in a series of heirs; any successive inheritor, including not only him who takes immediately upon the death of the ancestor, but also those who have inherited through several successive descents, In the most general sense, the person upon whom property of any kind devolves on the death of another, either by law or by will. Thus, the children of a person deceased are popularly spoken of as his heirs, irrespective of the nature of the property or the mode in which it passed. In much this sense heres was used in the Roman law.
    • n heir One who inherits anything; one who receives any endowment by inheritance or transmission.
    • n heir A child regarded with reference to anything due to his parentage; an offspring in general.
    • heir To inherit; succeed to.
    • n heir children and lawful descendants;
    • n heir parents and lawful ascendants;
    • n heir collateral kindred.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Salim (1569-1627, heir to the throne of India, had 4 wives when he was only 8 years of age.
    • n Heir ār one who inherits anything after the death of the owner: one entitled to anything after the present possessor: a child, offspring
    • v.t Heir to inherit
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  • William Ellery Channing
    “God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.”
  • Thomas Traherne
    “Is it not strange, that an infant should be heir of the whole world, and see those mysteries which the books of the learned never unfold?”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “A third heir seldom enjoys what has been dishonestly acquired.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. heir, eir, hair, OF. heir, eir, F. hoir, L. heres,; of uncertain origin. Cf. Hereditary Heritage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. heir—L. hēres, an heir.


In literature:

The assailant could be no other than the rightful heir of Ellangowan, Harry Bertram.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
An heir appeared and proved his rights.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
She's rather strong on poetry and the 'Heir of Redclyffe' kind of literature.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Sir Joseph was dead, and the will when read contained a codicil by which that young brat was made the heir to the Orley Farm estate.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
It belongs to the heirs of the man that was drowned.
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
But the heir, if he was the heir, had only resented the intrusion, desiring that he might be left alone.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
Amongst others thou wouldst ask if there is any chance of thy giving an heir to thy husband.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
We obtain it in Jesus Christ, 'being heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
And so Trewinion's heir and pride A power shall be in the country side.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Somerset made no revenge on the Duke of Northumberland's heirs.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing

In poetry:

Awake and mourn, ye heirs of hell,
Let stubborn sinners fear,
You must be driv'n from earth, and dwell
A long forever there.
"Hymn 52" by Isaac Watts
The old man used to shudder, and seem
Remembering secret sin;
But the happy young heir is as if in a dream,
Paradise all within!
"The New Year" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Now to the hands of Christ our King
Are all their legions giv'n;
They wait upon his saints, and bring
His chosen heirs to heav'n.
"Hymn 113" by Isaac Watts
The heav'nly heritage is theirs,
Their portion and their home;
He feeds them now, and makes them heirs
Of blessings long to come.
"Psalm 37 part 3" by Isaac Watts
That which I had has slipped away,
Lost in the abysses of the Past;
By that I lack am I to-day
Heir of Thine undawned aeons vast.
"The Immortal Voyager" by Lucy Larcom
Where wail the waters in their flow
A spectre wanders to and fro,
But nevermore that ghostly shore
Shall claim the heir of Yvytot.
"Yvytot" by Eugene Field

In news:

Astor Heir Picks Georgia-Bred Broker to Sell Brooke's 778 Park Duplex.
Hugo Chavez's heir tears up over cancer battle .
Leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez admitted a relapse of his cancer and designated vice president Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent in case something happened to him.
Man gets life for jailhouse killing of mobster who testified on behalf of Mafia heir.
Last will is binding , regardless of what heirs may wish.
Catherine 's baby: Heir for new century.
Chavez admits cancer relapse, designates heir apparent.
Busch heir's once- charmed life takes tragic turn.
Hugo Chavez has named Vice President Nicolas Maduro as the heir of his self-styled socialist revolution should cancer force him out of office.
Juan Manuel Santos (pictured) was elected as the heir to a popular incumbent.
TetraPak heir's wife died from 'dependent abuse' of drugs, says coroner .
Samsung's heir apparent moves closer to his coronation.
Hugo Chavez travels to Cuba for another cancer operation after designating VP political heir.
TetraPak heir's wife died from ' dependent abuse' of drugs, says coroner.
Obama's new Israel policy, the unknown Holocaust heirs, a warning for Hezbollah and Syria.

In science:

Then, by the above, p is definable, its global heir ¯p is symmetric, and ( ¯p(x), U (x)) is strongly regular.
Generic stability, regularity, and quasiminimality
Let p(x) be the generic type and let ¯p(x) be its (unique by definability) global heir.
Generic stability, regularity, and quasiminimality
If p(x) happens to be definable we will denote its (unique) global heir by ¯p(x).
Generic stability, regularity, and quasiminimality
Every (some) weak Morley sequence in p over A is total ly indiscernible; in this case (M , clA p ) is a homogeneous pregeometry, p is definable over A, ¯p (its unique global heir) is generical ly stable and ( ¯p(x), x = x) is strongly regular.
Generic stability, regularity, and quasiminimality
Suppose that p(x) ∈ S1(M ) is definable and local ly strongly regular via φ(x) ∈ p(x), and let ¯p(x) be its global heir.
Generic stability, regularity, and quasiminimality