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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  • dowager — [dou′ə jər] n. [OFr douagiere < douage, dowry < douer, to give a dowry < L dotare, to endow < dos: see DOT2] 1. a widow with a title or property derived from her dead husband: often used in combination with the title [queen dowager,… …   English World dictionary

  • dowager — n. A widow who holds the title or property that belonged to her dead husband. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • dowager — 1520s, from M.Fr. douagere widow with a dower lit. pertaining to a dower, from douage dower, from douer endow, from L. dotare, from dos (gen. dotis) dowry (see DOWRY (Cf. dowry)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dowager — ► NOUN 1) a widow with a title or property derived from her late husband. 2) informal a dignified elderly woman. ORIGIN Old French douagiere, from douer endow , from Latin dos dowry …   English terms dictionary

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • dowager — dowagerism, n. /dow euh jeuhr/, n. 1. a woman who holds some title or property from her deceased husband, esp. the widow of a king, duke, etc. (often used as an additional title to differentiate her from the wife of the present king, duke, etc.) …   Universalium

  • dowager — [[t]da͟ʊəʤə(r)[/t]] dowagers 1) ADJ: ADJ n, n ADJ You use dowager to refer to the wife of a dead duke, emperor, or other man of high rank. ...the Dowager Countess Spencer... Nobody was allowed to eat in the Empress Dowager s presence. N COUNT… …   English dictionary

  • dowager — UK [ˈdaʊədʒə(r)] / US [ˈdaʊədʒər] noun [countable] Word forms dowager : singular dowager plural dowagers 1) a woman who has a title or property because her dead husband belonged to a high social class 2) informal an impressive older woman,… …   English dictionary

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