Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A woman who is an heir, especially to great wealth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female heir; especially, a woman inheriting or who is expected to inherit considerable wealth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A female heir.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a woman who stands to inherit

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a female heir

Etymologies

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heir +‎ -ess

Examples

  • In addition to Schrader's "Patty Hearst" (1988), in which she played the title heiress-turned-terrorist, and the psychological thriller "The Comfort of Strangers" (1990),

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  • 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),

    The Seattle Times

  • 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.

    The long con of “The Brothers Bloom” » Scene-Stealers

  • A cardboard cutout of the skank heiress is being used on lab mice to see if being around humans has any effect on them.

    Archive 2007-12-09

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-10-21

  • 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.

    Now THIS is What I Call Good News!

  • A cardboard cutout of the skank heiress is being used on lab mice to see if being around humans has any effect on them.

    Paris Hilton Is a Medical Miracle

  • A wealthy heiress is murdered aboard a luxury cruise liner, and everyone's a suspect.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • 'That your little niece, the Scotch heiress, is going to marry him.'

    The Convert

  • 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?

    The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective

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  • All heiresses are beautiful. (Dryden)

    November 27, 2008

  • I should get myself one of these.

    May 20, 2009