Definitions for dowagerˈdaʊ ə dʒər
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a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
A widow holding property or title derived from her late husband.
Any lady of dignified bearing.
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
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
Origin: [OF. douagiere, fr. douage dower. See Dower.]
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.
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