Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Succession by right of blood; heirship.
  • n. An inheritance.

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  • n. An inheritance or succession.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of an heir; succession by inheritance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being an heir; succession by inheritance.

Etymologies

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heir +‎ -dom

Examples

  • Characters are all exaggerated to comic effect - in addition to Curry and Sinclair there's uber-geek Roger Wilson and the Austrian wine-heir Hermann Hauser who gives up his family heirdom to start up Acorn - "Have you tasted Austrian wine?"

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  • I said, among other things, that it was infamous to accept the heirdom of Troizen, to cheat in his dotage a king who had been great, and had sons who would have done right by him; to mock his hopes in his last days.

    The Bull From The Sea

  • It became a matter of doubt, whether the heir per capita or the heir per stirpes was to succeed; but whether the heir per capita gave way when the heirdom per stirpes took place, or the Catholic heir when the Protestants was preferred, the inheritable principle survived with a sort of immortality through all transmigrations—multosque per annos stat fortuna domus, et avi numerantur avorum.

    Paras. 25-49

  • Her lot in the heirdom, the tough, silent Work, 1510

    The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell

  • Why, what was young Tom Claypool, their brother baronet's son in Norfolk with his great boots, his great voice, and his heirdom to a poor five thousand acres, compared to this young American prince and charming stranger?

    The Virginians

  • You are assigned to appraise Malgrey Castle for the government as no one has come into heirdom for over 100 years.

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  • Not to mention the unspoken fact that Lachlain was king only because Bowe’s father had ceded his heirdom.

    Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark: The Clan MacRieve

  • Why, what was young Tom Claypool, their brother baronet’s son in Norfolk with his great boots, his great voice, and his heirdom to a poor five thousand acres, compared to this young American prince and charming stranger?

    The Virginians

  • _per capita_ gave way when the heirdom _per stirpes_ took place, or the

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 03 (of 12)

  • a large fish from Lake Okeboji to-day, which the same did I and my heirdom devour triumphantly this very evening.

    Eugene Field A Study In Heredity And Contradictions

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