heir·​ess | \ˈer-əs \

Definition of heiress 

: a woman who is an heir especially to great wealth

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Isabella is the daughter of banking heiress Lady Mary Gaye Curzon and John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, (the son of Sir Richard Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, 2nd Baronet). 2. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Isabella Calthorpe? What You Need to Know About Prince William's Rumored Former Crush," 23 Sep. 2018 This is especially true when the series delves into Camille’s bizarre family life, headed by her monstrous mother, a hog-farm heiress named Adora (Patricia Clarkson, ready for her close-up). Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Sharp Objects Is Stunning, Raw, and Violently Beautiful," 5 July 2018 He’ll have upped and run away With a social climbing heiress from New York! Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Broadway’s Original Mansplainer," 23 Apr. 2018 The former Vanderbilt mansion, which was owned by Elizabeth Ross Johnson, an heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune who died last June, sold for $39 million. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A Surge of High-Priced Closings, Including a Sale by Harvey Weinstein," 29 Mar. 2018 According to a new report from Variety, music producer Russell Simmons has been accused of rape by Alexia Norton Jones, W.W. Norton publishing heiress and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.'s former attorney Clarence Jones. refinery29.com, "Alexia Norton Jones Said No "7 To 10 Times" In New Rape Allegation Against Russell Simmons," 10 July 2018 Hardwick, 46, married her daughter, heiress and actress Lydia Hearst, in 2016. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Did Chris Hardwick’s Mother-in-Law Patty Hearst Respond to His Ex’s Abuse Allegation?," 18 June 2018 British heiress and socialite Petra Ecclestone is relisting her sprawling Los Angeles mansion for $175 million, a $25 million discount from its original asking price. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Racing Heiress Petra Ecclestone Relists Los Angeles Mega-Mansion for $175 Million," 7 June 2018 The heiress, who is in her mid-70s, has donated about $1.7 million to Ohio House members over the past five years. Chrissie Thompson, Cincinnati.com, "FBI visits luxury condo owned by heiress and rented by former Ohio Speaker Rosenberger," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of heiress

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heiress

heir entry 1 + -ess

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English Language Learners Definition of heiress

: a girl or woman who is an heir; especially : a girl or woman who inherits a large amount of money


heir·​ess | \ˈer-əs \

Kids Definition of heiress

: a girl or a woman who is an heir

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