Definition of heiress in English:

heiress

Pronunciation /ˈɛːrəs//ɛːˈrɛs/

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘He not only had offices at his disposal, he also had heirs, heiresses, and widows.’
    • ‘Most spectacular in this period, however, were the marriages of European nobles to the heiresses of American millionaires.’
    • ‘I'm one of the richest heiresses in all of Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And so began a saga exploding with murder, robbery… and the kidnapping of a media heiress.’
    • ‘They decide to target a rich heiress who is turning 21 and stands to inherit fifty million dollars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one likes to hear about heiresses unless they're in danger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What if all these old heiresses of the script die one day?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To do her justice, the hotel heiress does a competent job of the task required of her.’
    • ‘Prosecutors said after investigating the eccentric heiress there was not enough evidence to convict her of petty theft.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the same too, in London; there are plenty of penniless men who marry wealthy heiresses instead of seeking out their own living.’
    • ‘The plot is about a pair of cosmetic company heiresses who lose their family fortune.’
    • ‘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.’
    heir, inheritor, legatee
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    1. 1.1 A woman inheriting and continuing the legacy of a predecessor.
      ‘she is the heiress of the talent of her mother and grandmother’

Pronunciation

heiress

/ˈɛːrəs//ɛːˈrɛs/