Queen dowager
Dowager Dow"a*ger, n. [OF. douagiere, fr. douage dower. See {Dower}.] 1. (Eng. Law) 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. --Blount. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

With prudes for proctors, dowagers for deans. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

{Queen dowager}, the widow of a king. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Queen dowager — Queen Queen, n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cw[=e]n wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qu[=a]n wife, woman, Icel. kv[=a]n wife, queen, Goth. q[=e]ns. [root]221. See {Quean}.] 1. The wife of a king. [1913 Webster] 2. A woman who is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • queen dowager — n. the widow of a king …   English World dictionary

  • Queen dowager — Princess Mother redirects here. For Princess Mother Srinagraidra of Thailand, see Srinagarindra. A queen dowager or dowager queen (compare: princess dowager, dowager princess, or princess mother) is a title or status generally held by the widow… …   Wikipedia

  • queen dowager — noun the widow of a king • Hypernyms: ↑queen • Hyponyms: ↑queen mother * * * noun : the widow of a king * * * the widow of a king. [1615 25] * * * queen dowager noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • queen dowager — queen′ dow′ager n. gov the widow of a king • Etymology: 1615–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • queen dowager — n. Dowager Queen, widow of a king …   English contemporary dictionary

  • queen dowager — See dowager queen …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • queen dowager — the widow of a king. [1615 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • queen dowager — noun the widow of a king …   English new terms dictionary

  • queen dowager — /kwin ˈdaʊədʒə/ (say kween dowuhjuh) noun the widow of a king …   Australian English dictionary

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