The definition of an heiress is a woman who inherits a lot of money.
A woman who is going to inherit $1 million and a castle is an example of an heiress.
A woman who is an heir, especially to great wealth. See Usage Note at -ess.
- Maria Theresa considered herself first and foremost as the heiress of the rights of the house of Austria.
- The title, like others in Spain, can pass through an heiress to her husband.
- She was the last heiress of the great house of Canossa, whose fiefs stretched from Mantua across Lombardy, passed the Apennines, included the Tuscan plains, and embraced a portion of the duchy of Spoleto.
- In the meanwhile his son Oddone married Adelaide, eldest daughter and heiress of Odelrico Manfredi, marquess of Susa, a descendant of Arduino of Ivrea, king of Italy, who ruled over the counties of Turin, Auriate, Asti, Bredulo, Vercelli, &c., corresponding roughly to modern Piedmont and part of Liguria (1045).
- His elder brother had been the husband of the heiress Sibylla; and on the death of Sibylla, who had carried the crown to Guy de Lusignan by her second marriage, Conrad married her younger sister, Isabella, now the heiress of the kingdom, and claimed the crown (1190).