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ˈdaʊ ə dʒərdowa·ger
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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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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
Etymology: [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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
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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The numerical value of Dowager in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Dowager in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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