Is It an Heiress or a Heiress?

It’s an heiress. The rule for using "a" or "an" is based on pronunciation. Since "heiress" is a word with a silent "h", it takes the article "an".

It’s an heiress. The rule for using a or an is based on pronunciation. Since "heiress" has a silent "h", it takes the article "an".

Barbara is an heiress of a wealthy family.

Barbara is a heiress of a wealthy family.

It’s the pronunciation, not the spelling, which is relevant.

The movie was about an heiress who meets a liar and her life turns upside down.

Follow the same convention when using other derivatives, such as an heir, an heirloom (a valuable possession that has belonged to a family for many years), or an heirship (the condition of being an heir).

An heir should not be compelled to accept an insolvent estate.

A partial list of words that begin with a silent “h”, and consequently take the article “an”:

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