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Definition of heir noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    heir (to something) heir (of somebody)
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  1. 1a person who has the legal right to receive someone's property, money, or title when that person dies to be heir to a large fortune the heir to the throne (= the person who will be the next king or queen) the son and heir of the Earl of Lancaster
  2. 2a person who is thought to continue the work or a tradition started by someone else the president's political heirs Use an, not a, before heir.
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