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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In 2015, Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation after the media heiress called her a liar. Julia Webster, Time, "What to Know About Ghislaine Maxwell, the U.K. Socialite Who Became Jeffrey Epstein's Confidante," 14 Aug. 2019 Roman wasn't home, but his 8-month-pregnant girlfriend, actress Sharon Tate, was — along with her friends Jay Sebring (a celebrity hairstylist), Abigail Folger (the coffee heiress), and Voytek Frykowski (Abigail's boyfriend). Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Charles Manson: The Chilling True Story of the Manson Family and the 1969 Manson Murders," 10 Aug. 2019 Ailene Barnsdall, the oil heiress who commissioned Hollyhock House, fired Wright and never lived there. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Shed the travel blinders and find the unexpected U.S.," 8 Aug. 2019 Each year, the heiress would only be forced to withdraw a small amount. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Bill sticks it to aristocracy, helps your retirement savings," 26 July 2019 After her trip, the heiress called on Disney CEO Bob Iger to address the pay inequity between him and the average Disney worker. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 17: Trump tweets, Julian Assange, Planned Parenthood, Myanmar, Disney," 17 July 2019 The hotel heiress married her husband, James Rothschild, at the royal residence in 2015. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "12 Little-Known Facts About The Royal Residence of Kensington Palace," 16 July 2019 With cost overruns and incomplete buildings, the oil heiress fired the famed architect. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House becomes L.A.’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site," 7 July 2019 Given that Cora Crawley's story is not so different from that of Consuelo Vanderbilt, the American heiress who married the Duke of Malborough in order to help save the family estate of Blenheim Palace, the setting is particularly fitting. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Downton Abbey Exhibition Is Heading to the Biltmore," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of heiress

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heiress

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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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