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February 13, 2008
The word 'heir' dates back to the 13th century and is derived from the Latin words, hered and heres. These two words are related to the Greek word, chēros, meaning 'bereaved' or 'suffering the death of a loved one'.
Heir can be used to describe a person who either inherits property or is entitled to inherit property. It is also used to describe a person who is entitled to fulfill a specific role, such as an heir to a business or estate. Last, but not least, heir describes an individual who receives a gift or donation or particular quality from a parent or ancestor.