heiress


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heir·ess

 (âr′ĭs)
n.
A woman who is an heir, especially to great wealth. See Usage Note at -ess.

heiress

(ˈɛərɪs)
n
1. a woman who inherits or expects to inherit great wealth
2. (Law) property law a female heir

heir•ess

(ˈɛər ɪs)

n.
a woman who inherits or has a right of inheritance, esp. one who inherits great wealth.
[1650–60]
usage: See -ess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heiress - a female heirheiress - a female heir        
heir, heritor, inheritor - a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
Translations
dědička
arving
perijätär
nasljednica
女相続人
상속녀
dedička
dedinja
arvtagerska
ทายาทหญิง
người thừa kế nữ

heiress

[ˈɛəres] N (= wealthy woman) → soltera f adinerada; (= heir) → heredera f

heiress

[ˈɛərɪs] nhéritière f

heiress

nErbin f

heiress

[ˈɛərɛs] nerede f; (rich) → ereditiera

heiress

وَرِيثَة dědička arving Erbin κληρονόμος heredera perijätär héritière nasljednica erede 女相続人 상속녀 erfgename arving dziedziczka herdeira наследница arvtagerska ทายาทหญิง varis người thừa kế nữ 女继承人
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Then you'd dash out as an heiress, scorn everyone who has slighted you, go abroad, and come home my Lady Something in a blaze of splendor and elegance.
Let us behold, in poor Hepzibah, the immemorial, lady--two hundred years old, on this side of the water, and thrice as many on the other, --with her antique portraits, pedigrees, coats of arms, records and traditions, and her claim, as joint heiress, to that princely territory at the eastward, no longer a wilderness, but a populous fertility,--born, too, in Pyncheon Street, under the Pyncheon Elm, and in the Pyncheon House, where she has spent all her days, --reduced.
So Pearl -- the elf child -- the demon offspring, as some people up to that epoch persisted in considering her -- became the richest heiress of her day in the New World.
As to the books and furniture of the schoolhouse, they belonged to the community, excepting Cotton Mather's History of Witchcraft, a New England Almanac, and book of dreams and fortune-telling; in which last was a sheet of foolscap much scribbled and blotted in several fruitless attempts to make a copy of verses in honor of the heiress of Van Tassel.
Her father, whose only child she had been, had never denied her anything that lay within the compass of human possibility; and when she entered life, beautiful, accomplished, and an heiress, she had, of course, all the eligibles and non-eligibles of the other sex sighing at her feet, and she had no doubt that Augustine was a most fortunate man in having obtained her.
Two miles below Hornberg castle is a cave in a low cliff, which the captain of the raft said had once been occupied by a beautiful heiress of Hornberg--the Lady Gertrude-- in the old times.
My heiress wouldn't be vain and haughty like the wicked sisters in Cinderella; she would be noble and generous.
He only wanted to aggrandise and enrich himself; and if Miss Woodhouse of Hartfield, the heiress of thirty thousand pounds, were not quite so easily obtained as he had fancied, he would soon try for Miss Somebody else with twenty, or with ten.
Miss Havisham was now an heiress, and you may suppose was looked after as a great match.
A Saxon heiress of large possessions,'' replied the Prior Aymer; ``a rose of loveliness, and a jewel of wealth; the fairest among a thousand, a bundle of myrrh, and a cluster of camphire.
Her father was a retired admiral, with sufficient influence to have had a sinecure made by a Conservative government expressly for the maintenance of his son pending alliance with some heiress.
She was thinking of Prince Charming, and, that she might think of him all the more, she did not talk of him, but prattled on about the ship in which Jim was going to sail, about the gold he was certain to find, about the wonderful heiress whose life he was to save from the wicked, red-shirted bushrangers.