American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman who is an heir, especially to great wealth. See Usage Note at -ess.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female heir; especially, a woman inheriting or who is expected to inherit considerable wealth.
- n. a woman who stands to inherit
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A female heir.
- n. a female heir
- heir + -ess (Wiktionary)
“In films, in addition to "Patty Hearst," in which she played the title heiress-turned-terrorist, and the psychological thriller "The Comfort of Strangers" (1990),”
“A mischievous comic tone is also set right away, so that by the time we meet eccentric shut-in heiress Penelope Stamp (a luminous Rachel Weisz), it fits right in.”
“A cardboard cutout of the skank heiress is being used on lab mice to see if being around humans has any effect on them.”
“A wealthy heiress is murdered aboard a luxury cruise liner, and everyone's a suspect.”
“The hotel heiress is keen to live forever and has invested a large sum of money in the world's biggest suspended animation cemetery, Cryonics Institute.”
“That your little niece, the Scotch heiress, is going to marry him.”
“Now, supposing that Miss Monroe and Mary O'Grady had agreed to change places, the Pekin heiress, for the time being, occupying Mary O'Grady's place in the humble home at Cork and vice versa, what means of communicating with each other had they arranged?”
“Step number two was to find a suitable person, who for a consideration, would be willing to play the part of the Pekin heiress among the heiress's friends in England, while the young lady herself arranged her private affairs to her own liking.”
“And can any one hear the word heiress without immediately thinking of matrimony?”
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