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

First recorded in 1650–60; heir + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Related Words

partner, proprietor, holder, landowner, heir, recipient, buyer, purchaser, squire, governor, possessor, keeper, heritor, sharer, heiress, legatee, shoot, brood, sprout, branch

Examples from the Web for heiress

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Historical Examples

  • A man sent me this morning a copy of verses to the heiress of Bannow.

  • It is not often that the heiress of a million or thereabouts is quite so readily disposed of.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • I s'pose he wasn't going to take any chances of losing his heiress.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • Heathcroft evidently had not told her of the Warwickshire heiress.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • My brother is a rich man, and my daughter may be his heiress.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for heiress


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


1650s, from heir + -ess.

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