heir·ess | \ ˈer-əs \

Definition of heiress 

: a woman who is an heir especially to great wealth

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Hardwick married heiress/actress Lydia Hearst in 2016. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Chris Hardwick's Ex-Girlfriend Jacinda Barrett Defends Him amid Sexual Assault Allegations," 26 June 2018 Despite only making its debut on the Global Champions Tour this year, the show has been successfully staged by the Greek heiress Athina Onassis since 2014. CNN, "St Tropez rolls out the red carpet for Global Champions debut," 31 May 2018 Amidst a week of schedules and appointments, just for a night, a furniture designer was a rock star, editors resembled demolition crews, Italian heiresses could be cowboys—everyone could be anyone. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Yoox, Toiletpaper, and Wallpaper* Host a Garage-Cowboy Disco to Close Out Salone del Mobile," 20 Apr. 2018 The de facto queen of Wind Gap is Camille’s mother, Adora (played by Patricia Clarkson), the heiress to a fortune made from a pig-slaughtering plant, and a ball of nervous, vicious Southern-belle energy in the mold of a Tennessee Williams character. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018 The L’Oreal heiress found herself at the center of an eponymous scandal that spiraled out of control. Rachel King, Fortune, "Eight Business Books That Are Actually Great Summer Beach Reads," 26 June 2018 Children swarmed over the Walmart heiress' mansion’s vast front yard, which was transformed into a fairground with candy stations, arts and crafts tables and face painting. Alex Cramer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lady Gaga Honors Her Mother at Children Mending Hearts Fundraiser," 11 June 2018 The Korean Air heiress has apologized in her first public appearance as a suspect in an abuse of power case as public calls urging her family to resign grow. Washington Post, "Korean Air heiress apologizes before police questioning," 1 May 2018 Large portraits of Trump wearing a white sweater and Marjorie Merriweather Post, the cereal heiress who built Mar-a-Lago, face each other on opposite walls in a large, sumptuous room copied from a Venetian palace. Si Liberman, USA TODAY, "Mar-a-Lago: An insider's view of Trump's Florida estate," 7 Mar. 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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