heir·​ess ˈer-əs How to pronounce heiress (audio)
: a woman who is an heir especially to great wealth

Examples of heiress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The layoffs come amid reports that Shari Redstone, the family heiress of Paramount’s parent, National Amusements, has been in talks to sell her stake in the company. Liam Reilly, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 With her spearmint webbed Reem Acra gown, the heiress and occasional singer and DJ carried a like-colored clutch emblazoned with — what else? — her last name. The Styles Desk, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 The series also featured the hotel’s heiress, London Tipton (Brenda Song); the candy counter girl, Maddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale); hotel manager, Mr. Moseby (Phill Lewis); and the hotel’s bellhop, Esteban Ramirez (Adrian R’Mante). Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 Seed donations from British heiress Jordana Yechiel, jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche, and 24 founding patrons in real estate, finance, and art. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 2 Feb. 2024 After a little more than two years and a couple of substantial price chops, media heiress and former actress Taylor Thomson has finally managed to unload her longtime Bel Air home for $27 million in an off-market deal. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2024 The science-fiction horror story follows a wealthy heiress who grows into a giant after an alien encounter and exacts revenge on her cheating husband. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 Falling for Christmas, where the Mean Girls star played a spoiled hotel heiress who gets into a skiing accident, suffers amnesia and is cared for by handsome, blue-collar lodge owner. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2024 Last year, the White Lotus star—who portrayed middle-aged heiress Tanya McQuoid in the first and second seasons of the hit HBO series—rambled and danced her way into Emmys history when the orchestra tried to play her off the stage mid-speech. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 16 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


heir entry 1 + -ess

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heiress was in 1607

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“Heiress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heiress. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


heir·​ess ˈar-əs How to pronounce heiress (audio)
: a girl or woman who is an heir

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