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ˈdaʊ ə dʒərdowa·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dowagernoun

    a widow holding property received from her deceased husband


  1. dowagernoun

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

  2. dowagernoun

    Any lady of dignified bearing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dowagernoun

    Etymology: douairiere, French.

    She lingers my desires,
    Like to a stepdame or a dowager,
    Long wintering on a young man’s revenue. William Shakespeare.

    Widows have a greater interest in property than either maids or wives; so that it is as unnatural for a dowager as a freeholder to be an enemy to our constitution. Joseph Addison, Freehold.

    Catharine no more
    Shall be call’d queen; but princess dowager,
    And widow to prince Arthur. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.


  1. dowager

    A dowager is a widow who holds a title or property derived from her deceased husband. Traditionally, the term is used to refer to an elderly woman of high social status, particularly one who is dignified, dignitaries, or members of the nobility.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dowagernoun

    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. Dowagernoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [OF. douagiere, fr. douage dower. See Dower.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dowager

    dow′a-jėr, n. a widow with a dower or jointure: a title given to a widow to distinguish her from the wife of her husband's heir. [O. Fr. douagere—Low L. dotarium—L. dotāre, to endow.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Dowager

    The widow of a person of high rank, because she enjoyed a substantial dower or dowry for her maintenance during life.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dowager in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dowager in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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