Hypertext Webster Gateway: "heir"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

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).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Heir \Heir\, v. t.
To inherit; to succeed to. [R.]

One only daughter heired the royal state. --Dryden.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Heir \Heir\, n. [OE. heir, eir, hair, OF. heir, eir, F. hoir, L.
heres; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Hereditary}, {Heritage}.]
1. One who inherits, or is entitled to succeed to the
possession of, any property after the death of its owner;
one on whom the law bestows the title or property of
another at the death of the latter.

I am my father's heir and only son. --Shak.

2. One who receives any endowment from an ancestor or
relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues.

And I his heir in misery alone. --Pope.

{Heir apparent}. (Law.) See under {Apparent}.

{Heir at law}, one who, after his ancector's death, has a
right to inherit all his intestate estate. --Wharton (Law

{Heir presumptive}, one who, if the ancestor should die
immediately, would be his heir, but whose right to the
inheritance may be defeated by the birth of a nearer
relative, or by some other contingency.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to
inherit the estate of another [syn: {inheritor}, {heritor}]
2: a person who inherits some title or office [syn: {successor}]

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