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  Dictionary Definition of heir

heir
noun
1. Law one who inherits the property of a deceased person, testate or intestate and is liable for the payments of the debts of the deceased and of the legacies.
2. Also, haeres, heres. Law one who succeeds by descent, the term applying to the heirs of heirs comprehended in infinitum: the heirs of the Duchy of Savoy.
3. one to whom something falls or is due.
4. a person, society, etc., considered as the continuer of a tradition, policy, or the like previously established.
-- verb (t)
5. to inherit; succeed to.
[ME, from OF, from L heres ]
-- heirless, adjective