Definitions for dowagerˈdaʊ ə dʒər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dow•a•gerˈdaʊ ə dʒər(n.)

  1. a woman who holds some title or property from her deceased husband.

  2. an elderly woman of stately dignity.

  3. (adj.)pertaining to or characteristic of a dowager.

Origin of dowager:

1520–30; < MF douag(i)ere, der. of douage dower

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dowager(noun)

    a widow holding property received from her deceased husband


  1. dowager(Noun)

    A widow holding property or title derived from her late husband.

  2. dowager(Noun)

    Any lady of dignified bearing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dowager(noun)

    a widow endowed, or having a jointure; a widow who either enjoys a dower from her deceased husband, or has property of her own brought by her to her husband on marriage, and settled on her after his decease

  2. Dowager(noun)

    a title given in England to a widow, to distinguish her from the wife of her husband's heir bearing the same name; -- chiefly applied to widows of personages of rank


  1. Dowager

    A dowager is a widow who holds a title or property, or dower, derived from her deceased husband. As an adjective, "dowager" usually appears in association with monarchical and aristocratic titles. In loose popular usage, dowager as a stand-alone noun may be used to refer to any elderly widow, especially one who is wealthy or behaves with dignity.

Anagrams of dowager

  1. wordage


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