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heiress

n. feminine heir, often used to denote a woman who has received a large amount upon the death of a rich relative, as in the "department store heiress."

heiress

a female HEIR.

HEIRESS. A female heir to a person having an estate of inheritance. When there is more than one, they are called co-heiresses, or co-heirs.

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My mother hears or overhears somewhere that the heiress of Mr.
Blunt, with a perfectly horrible gentleness, "why I should have shown particular consideration to the heiress of Mr.
I was glad of this proof of disinterested affection; for Annabella Wilmot is the probable heiress to all her uncle's wealth, in addition to her late father's property, which she has already in possession.
He has dissipated his fortune in gambling and other things, and is now seeking an heiress to retrieve it.
Amelia's confidence being perfectly restored to her, though she expressed a great deal of pretty jealousy about Miss Swartz, and professed to be dreadfully frightened--like a hypocrite as she was-- lest George should forget her for the heiress and her money and her estates in Saint Kitt's.
Now just at midnight, every night, the lost heiress stood in the mouth of her cave, arrayed in white robes, and sang a little love ballad which her Crusader had made for her.
But there was one hitch in this case, which was that of inequality of rank, Don Clavijo being a private gentleman, and the Princess Antonomasia, as I said, heiress to the kingdom.
Much less, what heiress? You're not bold and venturesome enough for the one, nor handsome and fascinating enough for the other.
There are some laws of his concerning murders and heiresses extant, but these contain nothing that any one can say is new and his own.
He had a brilliant position in society thanks to his intimacy with Countess Bezukhova, a brilliant position in the service thanks to the patronage of an important personage whose complete confidence he enjoyed, and he was beginning to make plans for marrying one of the richest heiresses in Petersburg, plans which might very easily be realized.
I'm sure, if I had HIS imperial, I could pick and choose among all the second-class heiresses in town."
Here the two elegants led out a couple of heiresses to dance; and I heard no more of them or of their escapes.