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Heir (noun)

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Heir. n.s. [heire, old Fr. hæres, Latin.] One that is inheritor of anything after the present possessor.

An heir signifies the eldest, who is, by the laws of England, to have all his father's land. Locke.

          What lady is that?
— The heir of Alanson, Rosaline her name.

        That I'll give my voice on Richard's side,
To bar my master's heirs in true descent,
God knows, I will not do it.
Shakesp. Richard III.

Being heirs together of the grace of life. 1 Pet iii. 7.

The youngest extravagant heir had got a new steward, and was resolved to look into his estate before things grew desperate. Swift.

Sunk is the hero, and his glory lost,
And I his heir in misery alone.
Pope's Odyssey.

The heirs to titles and large estates have a weakness in their eyes, and a tenderness in their constitutions. Swift.

Sources: The Bible - 1. Peter (3) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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