Dowagerism Dow"a*ger*ism, n. The rank or condition of a dowager; formality, as that of a dowager. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster]

Mansions that have passed away into dowagerism. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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

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