heir

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English heir, from Anglo-Norman eir, heir, from Latin hērēs.

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Noun[edit]

heir (plural heirs, feminine heiress)

  1. Someone who inherits, or is designated to inherit, the property of another.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
      I am my father's heir and only son.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
      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.
    • 1725, Homer; [Elijah Fenton], transl., “Book I”, in The Odyssey of Homer. [], volume I, London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646:
      And I his heir in misery alone.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      "I wish we were back in Tenth Street. But so many children came [] and the Tenth Street house wasn't half big enough; and 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. []"
    • 2013 May 11, “What a waste”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8835, page 12:
      India is run by gerontocrats and epigones: grey hairs and groomed heirs.

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Verb[edit]

heir (third-person singular simple present heirs, present participle heiring, simple past and past participle heired)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To inherit.
    • 1950, quoted in Our Garst family in America (page 27)
      [] Leonard Houtz & John Myer to be executors to this my last will & testament & lastly my children shall heir equally, one as much as the other.

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Noun[edit]

heir n (plural heiren, diminutive heirtje n)

  1. (archaic) Alternative spelling of heer (army)

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman heir, aire (Old French eir), from Latin hēres (heir).

Noun[edit]

heir (plural heires)

  1. heir
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Descendants[edit]
  • English: heir
  • Scots: heir
  • Welsh: aer

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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

heir

  1. Alternative form of her (hair)

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

heir

  1. Alternative form of here (army)

Etymology 4[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

heir

  1. Alternative form of hire (her)

Etymology 5[edit]

Noun[edit]

heir (plural heires or heiren)

  1. Alternative form of here (haircloth)

Etymology 6[edit]

Adverb[edit]

heir

  1. Alternative form of her (here)

Etymology 7[edit]

Determiner[edit]

heir

  1. Alternative form of here (their)

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Verb[edit]

hèir

  1. Alternative spelling of hiir.