a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter’s death.
a person who inherits or is entitled to inherit the rank, title, position, etc., of another.
a person or group considered as inheriting the tradition, talent, etc., of a predecessor.
verb (used with object)
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to inherit; succeed to.
(civil law) the person legally succeeding to all property of a deceased person, irrespective of whether such person died testate or intestate, and upon whom devolves as well as the rights the duties and liabilities attached to the estate
any person or thing that carries on some tradition, circumstance, etc, from a forerunner
an archaic word for offspring
c.1300, from Anglo-French heir, Old French oir “heir, successor,” from Latin heredem (nominative heres) “heir, heiress” (see heredity). Heir apparent (late 14c.) has the French order of noun–adjective, though it was not originally so written in English. It is the heir of one still alive whose right is clear. After death the heir apparent becomes the heir-at-law.
Under the patriarchs the property of a father was divided among the sons of his legitimate wives (Gen. 21:10; 24:36; 25:5), the eldest son getting a larger portion than the rest. The Mosaic law made specific regulations regarding the transmission of real property, which are given in detail in Deut. 21:17; Num. 27:8; 36:6; 27:9-11. Succession to property was a matter of right and not of favour. Christ is the “heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2; Col. 1:15). Believers are heirs of the “promise,” “of righteousness,” “of the kingdom,” “of the world,” “of God,” “joint heirs” with Christ (Gal 3:29; Heb. 6:17; 11:7; James 2:5; Rom. 4:13; 8:17).
[air] /ɛər/ noun 1. a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter’s death. 2. Law. 3. a person who inherits or is entitled to inherit the rank, title, position, etc., of another. 4. a person or group considered as inheriting the tradition, talent, etc., of […]
- Heirloom plant
noun a plant cultivated using the same methods for usu. more than 50 years, passed down from generation to generation, esp. within a particular region Examples The most popular heirloom plants are vegetables, such as tomatoes. Word Origin 1949
- Heirloom seed
noun any seed handed down generation to generation and generally passed among individuals rather than sold in catalogs
noun, plural heirs presumptive. 1. a person who is expected to be the heir but whose expectations may be canceled by the birth of a nearer heir. noun 1. (property law) a person who expects to succeed to an estate but whose right may be defeated by the birth of one nearer in blood to […]