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

  • n. An inheritor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who inherits; an heir or heiress
  • n. A proprietor or landholder in a parish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A proprietor or landholder in a parish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Scots law, the proprietor of a heritable subject; a proprietor or landholder in a parish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another


Alteration of Middle English heriter, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin hērēditārius; see hereditary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Latin herator, from Latin heres an heir. (Wiktionary)


  • David being a virtuoso in his own way, and moreover a landholder and heritor, was a qualified judge of all who frequented his house, and therefore I could not avoid again tying the strings of my knees.

    The Monastery

  • But for my sake I will make you heritor of the line Khemara, and to this linehold and all its property; and the price is that you will be Khemara and forget that you ever were Rustazh.

    The Final Reflection

  • For though she was heritor of a life full-blooded and undisciplined, every fiber of her was clean and pure.

    A Man Four-Square

  • She was the heritor of lawless, self-willed, passionate ancestors.

    A Man Four-Square

  • If the Buddha appears in the family of a rich prince, it could result in the elevation of a family that would not yield obedience to the clergy (and such has happened in the past), while on the other hand any poor, unknown family that becomes the heritor of the throne of Jenghiz Khan acquires riches and is readily submissive to the Lamas.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

  • MacGregor --- I carena wha kens it --- And Rob had soon a gallant band; and as it grieved him (he said) to see sic hership and waste and depredation to the south o 'the Hieland line, why, if ony heritor or farmer wad pay him four punds Scots out of each hundred punds of valued rent, whilk was doubtless a moderate consideration, Rob engaged to keep them scaithless;

    Rob Roy

  • While the heritor of the right it would have saved her soul to know!

    Late Lyrics and Earlier : with Many Other Verses

  • It was a gift to the church by a highly-respected heritor of the parish, and bears this inscription: --

    Chronicles of Strathearn

  • In 1740, Mr Oliphant, as almost sole heritor, intruded the

    Chronicles of Strathearn

  • The chief heritor of the parish is Captain W.H. Drummond Moray of

    Chronicles of Strathearn


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