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Definition of Heir


  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. One who receives any endowment from an ancestor or relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues.
  3. To inherit; to succeed to.

Heir Quotations

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.
John F. Kennedy

I do see myself as the heir to a vast, great, rich culture of painting - of art in general - which we have lost, but which places obligations on us.
Gerhard Richter

The crown is not my right, and pleaseth me not. The Lady Mary is the rightful heir.
Jane Grey

Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.
Muhammad Iqbal

Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm.
David Rockefeller
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Heir Translations

heir in German is Erbe
heir in Italian is erede
heir in Norwegian is arving
heir in Spanish is heredero
heir in Swedish is arvinge
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