One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who inherits.
successor, heiress, next in line, inheritor, heir apparent, heir presumptive, heir-at-law, descendant, beneficiary, legatee, scionView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Man is not only the rightful heritor of Almighty God but is a royal prince too.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When someone was believed to be a heritor and he turns not to be, the inheritance partition will be null.’
- ‘This claim of an existing Assyrian nation that is supposed to be the real heritor of what is now Iraq is obviously void.’
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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