heiress

[ air-is ]
/ ˈɛər ɪs /

noun

a woman who inherits or has a right of inheritance, especially a woman who has inherited or will inherit considerable wealth.

Nearby words

  1. heir apparent,
  2. heir at law,
  3. heir presumptive,
  4. heir-at-law,
  5. heirdom,
  6. heirless,
  7. heirloom,
  8. heirship,
  9. heisenberg,
  10. heisenberg uncertainty principle

Origin of heiress

First recorded in 1650–60; heir + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.

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British Dictionary definitions for heiress

heiress

/ (ˈɛərɪs) /

noun

a woman who inherits or expects to inherit great wealth
property law a female heir
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Word Origin and History for heiress

heiress

n.

1650s, from heir + -ess.

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