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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

Wiktionary

  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.

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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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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