heir: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (âr), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter's death.
    1. (in common law) a person who inherits all the property of a deceased person, as by descent, relationship, will, or legal process.
    2. Civ. Law.a person who legally succeeds to the place of a deceased person and assumes the rights and obligations of the deceased, as the liabilities for debts or the possessory rights to property.
  2. a person who inherits or is entitled to inherit the rank, title, position, etc., of another.
  3. a person or group considered as inheriting the tradition, talent, etc., of a predecessor.
  1. to inherit; succeed to.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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