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1A woman who is legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person's death:‘an oil heiress’‘she was heiress to a $32 million textile fortune’
heir, inheritor, legateeView synonyms
- ‘Indeed the law obliged heiresses on their father's death to marry his closest available relative, even if it meant divorcing their current spouse, to keep property intact.’
- ‘I'm one of the richest heiresses in all of Europe.’
- ‘To do her justice, the hotel heiress does a competent job of the task required of her.’
- ‘In the Anglo-Saxon legal tradition women were unambiguously bearers of such rights, whether as heiresses - in the absence of male heirs - or by right of marriage or as the beneficiaries of gifts.’
- ‘What if all these old heiresses of the script die one day?’
- ‘Most spectacular in this period, however, were the marriages of European nobles to the heiresses of American millionaires.’
- ‘By marrying successively two second cousins, who were themselves heiresses of the same grocery business, he consolidated his fortune to the benefit of his collection, since both marriages were childless.’
- ‘Of course, it is not obligatory for young heirs and heiresses to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.’
- ‘Kerry, whose family glory lies in an illustrious and historic past, has worked energetically to secure his place in the upper reaches of American society, and twice married heiresses.’
- ‘Prosecutors said after investigating the eccentric heiress there was not enough evidence to convict her of petty theft.’
- ‘In 1906, Hyde went into exile in Paris, where he married and divorced a succession of American heiresses, returning to New York only in 1941.’
- ‘In medieval England, a rape law existed, but according to Anna Clark, it was primarily formulated to deal with abduction and the illicit marriage of heiresses.’
- ‘And so began a saga exploding with murder, robbery… and the kidnapping of a media heiress.’
- ‘A woman without brothers could inherit a life-interest in her family's land but unless she married a close cousin - as many such heiresses did - she could not pass the estate on to her children.’
- ‘No one likes to hear about heiresses unless they're in danger.’
- ‘The plot is about a pair of cosmetic company heiresses who lose their family fortune.’
- ‘This rule of thumb, creatively applied (you won't be encountering many actual imperial heiresses or prostitutes), could be used to address virtually every circumstance you're likely to encounter this week.’
- ‘It is the same too, in London; there are plenty of penniless men who marry wealthy heiresses instead of seeking out their own living.’
- ‘They decide to target a rich heiress who is turning 21 and stands to inherit fifty million dollars.’
- ‘He not only had offices at his disposal, he also had heirs, heiresses, and widows.’
- 1.1 A woman inheriting and continuing the legacy of a predecessor:‘she is the heiress of the talent of her mother and grandmother’
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