One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who inherits.
successor, heiress, next in line, inheritor, heir apparent, heir presumptive, heir-at-law, descendant, beneficiary, legatee, scionView synonyms
- ‘Man is not only the rightful heritor of Almighty God but is a royal prince too.’
- ‘Their only hope lies with a mysterious heritor who can lead the way to salvation.’
- ‘Rumored to provide its wielder with incredible powers, this magical sword is in high demand, but fate chooses young Toma as heritor of the Shining Force.’
- ‘When someone was believed to be a heritor and he turns not to be, the inheritance partition will be null.’
- ‘Four hundred years after the death of Cleopatra, Egyptians - the heritors of the longest-lived society in history - had literally no idea what was contained in the Papyrus of Ani.’
- ‘That being the case, I'm not convinced that either your preference not to have a little genetic heritor running around, or the resultant heavy load on Social Services is really relevant.’
- ‘This claim of an existing Assyrian nation that is supposed to be the real heritor of what is now Iraq is obviously void.’
- 1.1Scots Law A proprietor of a heritable object.
- ‘As the system evolved, it became a customary right of each heritor to occupy certain seats in the parish church, the number being in proportion to the value of his teinds, and the seats being mainly occupied by his family, his tenants and his workers.’
- ‘The church had 430 sittings all divided among the heritors, these being the land-owners and farmers in the parish.’
- ‘Sir William Baillie was the last heritor in the Kirk before the congregation elected Rev John Ireland in 1876, who later became provost of Whitburn in 1882.’
- ‘The river abounds with trout, eel, and salmon; and both heritors have fishings on it.’
- ‘Especially from mid-century, large landowners, ‘heritors’, were given special powers under Scots poor laws; this too may have helped to ensure stringency.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French heriter, based on Latin hereditarius (see hereditary). The spelling change in the 16th century was by association with words ending in -or.
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