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

Definition of heiress

: a woman who is an heir especially to great wealth

Examples of heiress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anna Sorokin — the fake German heiress who swindled thousands of dollars from friends, hotels, banks and other businesses — joined a class-action lawsuit accusing jailers of wrongfully denying Covid vaccines to inmates. NBC News, 3 Mar. 2022 In the film's most famous scene, Grace Kelly, playing an American heiress, lures a former thief with the magnificent jewels around her throat. Ian Malone, Vogue, 6 May 2022 His parents — Frederick, who had inherited a banking fortune, and Daisy, a shipping heiress — spent much of the year traveling to exotic locales with their only child. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 15 Apr. 2022 That is true, but consider an extreme example of differing realities: A billionaire heiress forced into paying a new 20 percent tax on her annual income or unrealized gains will suffer precisely zero negative consequences to her lifestyle. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Apr. 2022 Crystal Clarke is given a lot to work with as Georgiana Lambe, an heiress and the only woman of color among the set. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 21 Mar. 2022 In the show, Son played Yoon Se-ri, a fashionable heiress and businesswoman who unexpectedly drops into the life of Hyun's character, Ri Jeong Hyeok, a conscientious North Korean military officer and son of a high-ranking official. Yoonjung Seo, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 The 1978 version could hardly be called a triumph— John Guillermin’s direction was no more than workmanlike, and Lois Chiles seemed to go about in a trance state as a rich heiress at the center of the action. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 After all, what’s more American than an heiress pulling herself up by her designer bootstraps? Meredith Haggerty, Town & Country, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Heiress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heiress. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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: a girl or a woman who is an heir

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