Definition of heir apparent in English:

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heir apparent

noun (plural heirs apparent)

1An heir whose claim cannot be set aside by the birth of another heir. Compare with heir presumptive.
Example sentences
  • The Emperor is on his throne and the heir apparent, the Prince, is one step below.
  • Prince Charles, now the Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the throne, was born in 1948, and his sister, Princess Anne, now the Princess Royal, in 1950.
  • Why should the heir apparent be guaranteed the succession?
1.1A person who is most likely to succeed to the place of another: he was once considered heir apparent to the chairman
More example sentences
  • Mr Portillo was once considered the heir apparent to Mrs Thatcher.
  • He was once considered the heir apparent to the throne but now he is a fighter searching for a career.
  • Now, Tiger is once again the heir apparent and columnists across the globe are making the kinds of U-turns only journalists can get away with.

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Syllabification: heir ap·par·ent

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