Definition of heritor in US English:



  • A person who inherits.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their only hope lies with a mysterious heritor who can lead the way to salvation.’
    • ‘Man is not only the rightful heritor of Almighty God but is a royal prince too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    successor, heiress, next in line, inheritor, heir apparent, heir presumptive, heir-at-law, descendant, beneficiary, legatee, scion
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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.