heir·​ess | \ ˈer-əs How to pronounce heiress (audio) \

Definition of heiress

: a woman who is an heir especially to great wealth

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Tiffany & Co famously bought 24 of the 69 lots to satisfy the appetites of Gilded Age heiresses for anything with a European royal provenance. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A 40-Carat Diamond Ring with Ties to the French Royal Family Was Just Recovered by Police in Paris," 8 Apr. 2019 In December of 1978, a minor but newsworthy fracas erupted between the painter Alice Neel and the sculptor Pat Ladew, a Standard Oil heiress who, three decades earlier, had commissioned Neel to paint her portrait. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Keith Raniere was denied bail as his lawyers sought his release on $10 million bond, using a defense fund believed to be largely bankrolled by Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune. Washington Post, "Judge denies bail for NXIVM founder," 12 June 2018 The ward of prosperous grandparents, Jim becomes a town boy, goes off to university and Harvard Law, achieves big-city success, marries an heiress. Robert Garnett, WSJ, "Rooted in America’s Heartland," 14 Sep. 2018 At its hub is a biracial love affair between a black man named Link Williams and the wealthy white heiress Camilla Sheffield. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Black and White, in Wind and Fog," 22 Feb. 2019 That's exactly what our leading lady, a spoiled heiress stranded in a snowy town, does here. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "13 Christmas Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Right Now," 30 Nov. 2018 The film is inspired by the life of bodyguard Jacquie Davis and sees the Prometheus star play a counterterrorism expert who takes on what should be a babysitting job protecting a rich teenage heiress. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Picks Up Noomi Rapace Action-Thriller 'Close'," 8 Mar. 2018 From shortly after her husband died in 1881 until her own death in 1922, rifle heiress Sarah Winchester lived alone. Maria Carter, Country Living, "The Bizarre History of California's Winchester Mystery House," 24 Jan. 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 How to pronounce heiress (audio) \

Kids Definition of heiress

: a girl or a woman who is an heir

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