• Heir

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: âr, IPA: /eə(ɹ)/
    • Rhymes: -ɛə(r)
    • Homophones: air, ere

    Origin

    From Middle English heres, from Old French eir, heir, from Latin hēres (genitive hēredis).

    Full definition of heir

    Noun

    heir

    (plural heirs)
    1. Someone who inherits, or is designated to inherit, the property of another.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)I am my father's heir and only son.
      • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax Chapter 1, And no use for anyone to tell Charles that this was because the Family was in mourning for Mr Granville Darracott : Charles might only have been second footman at Darracott Place for a couple of months when that disaster occurred, but no one could gammon him into thinking that my lord cared a spangle for his heir.
    2. One who inherits, or has been designated to inherit, a hereditary title or office.
    3. A successor in a role, representing continuity with the predecessor.
      • Alexander Pope (1688-1744)And I his heir in misery alone.
      • 1907, w, The Younger Set Chapter 1/2, a dreadful speculative builder built this house and persuaded Austin to buy it. Oh dear, and here we are among the rich and great ; and the steel kings and copper kings and oil kings and their heirs and dauphins. Do you like the house?”
      • 2013-05-11, What a waste, India is run by gerontocrats and epigones: grey hairs and groomed heirs.

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