What does dower mean?

Definitions for dower
ˈdaʊ ərdow·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dowry, dowery, dower, portion(noun)

    money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage

  2. dower(verb)

    a life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of her husband

  3. endow, dower(verb)

    furnish with an endowment

    "When she got married, she got dowered"

Wiktionary

  1. dower(Noun)

    that part of a deceased's property provided to his widow

  2. dower(Noun)

    property given by a woman to her husband at marriage, a dowry.

  3. dower(Verb)

    to give a dower or dowry

  4. dower(Verb)

    to endow

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dower(noun)

    that with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift

    Etymology: [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. gift, and to L. dare to give. See 1st Date, and cf. Dot dowry, Dotation.]

  2. Dower(noun)

    the property with which a woman is endowed

    Etymology: [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. gift, and to L. dare to give. See 1st Date, and cf. Dot dowry, Dotation.]

  3. Dower(noun)

    that which a woman brings to a husband in marriage; dowry

    Etymology: [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. gift, and to L. dare to give. See 1st Date, and cf. Dot dowry, Dotation.]

  4. Dower(noun)

    that portion of the real estate of a man which his widow enjoys during her life, or to which a woman is entitled after the death of her husband

    Etymology: [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. gift, and to L. dare to give. See 1st Date, and cf. Dot dowry, Dotation.]

Freebase

  1. Dower

    Dower is a provision accorded by law, but traditionally by a husband or his family, to a wife for her support in the event that she should survive her husband. It was settled on the bride by agreement at the time of the wedding, or provided by law. The dower grew out of the Germanic practice of bride price which was given over to a bride's family well in advance for arranging the marriage, but during the early Middle Ages, was given directly to the wife instead. However, in popular parlance, the term may be used for a life interest in property settled by a husband on his wife at any time, not just at the wedding. The verb is to dower. In popular usage, the term dower may be confused with: ⁕A dowager is a widow. The term is especially used of a noble or royal widow who no longer occupies the position she held during the marriage. For example, Queen Elizabeth was technically the dowager queen after the death of George VI, and Princess Lilian was the Dowager Duchess of Halland in heraldic parlance. Such a dowager will receive the income from her dower property.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dower

    dow′ėr, n. a jointure, that part of the husband's property which his widow enjoys during her life—sometimes used for Dow′ry.—adjs. Dow′able, that may be endowed; Dow′ered, furnished with dower.—n. Dow′er-house, the house set apart for the widow.—adj. Dow′erless. [O. Fr. douaire—Low L. dotarium—L. dotāre, to endow.]

Anagrams for dower »

  1. rowed, worde

  2. Worde

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dower in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dower in a Sentence

  1. Andreas Simic:

    There is beauty but it is locked up inside one day my hope is that her bud too will blossom From the poem entitled The Dower Flower Andreas Simic

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