ETYM Old Eng. heir, eir, hair, Old Fren. heir, eir, French hoir, Latin heres; of uncertain origin. Related to Hereditary, Heritage.
(Homonyms: err, air).
A person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another; SYN. inheritor, heritor.
Heir, one who inherits
Someone to whom a legacy is bequeathed.
ETYM Old Eng. successour, Old Fren. successur, successor, French successeur, Latin successor. Related to Succeed.
1. A person or thing that succeeds another.
2. A person who follows; SYN. replacement.
3. A person who inherits some title or office; SYN. heir.