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

1650–60; heir + -ess

See -ess.
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heiress (ˈɛərɪs)
1.  a woman who inherits or expects to inherit great wealth
2.  property law a female heir

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Example sentences
She's not an actress or a singer or a misbehaving heiress to a hotel fortune.
As one blond celebrity heiress and embodiment of emptiness might say, nothing is hot.
The idea was to take so little that the heiress wouldn't notice-and so they could come back again.
The newspapers referred to her as the heiress to a chain of discount stores.
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