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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

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

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

Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age.
Benazir Bhutto

The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir.
Thomas Fuller
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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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