dower

  • 1 Dower — • A provision for support during life accorded by law to a wife surviving her hustand Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Dower     Dower      …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 dower — dow·er / dau̇ ər/ n [Anglo French, from Old French douaire, modification of Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dot dos gift, dowry]: the life estate in a man s real property to which his wife is entitled upon his death under common law and some… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Dower — Dow er, n. [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}.] 1. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 dower — vb Dower, endow, endue are comparable when meaning to furnish or provide with a gift. Dower specifically denotes the provision of the dowry which a woman brings to a husband in marriage {a well dowered bride} It may also imply the bestowal of a… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 dower — late 13c., from O.Fr. doaire dower, dowry, gift (see DOWRY (Cf. dowry)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 dower — [dou′ər] n. [ME douere < OFr douaire < ML dotarium < L dos: see DOT2] 1. that part of a man s property which his widow inherits for life 2. a dowry 3. a natural talent, gift, or endowment vt. 1. to give a dower to …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 dower — ► NOUN 1) a widow s share for life of her husband s estate. 2) archaic a dowry. ORIGIN Old French douaire, from Latin dotare endow , from dos dowry …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 Dower — Relationships Types …

    Wikipedia

  • 9 dower — The legal right or interest which the wife acquires by marriage in the real estate of her husband. At common law it consists in the use, during her natural life after the death of her husband, of one third of all the real estate of which her… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 10 Dower — A common law that entitles a widow to a portion of her husband s estate in absence of a will. The provision of dower allows the wife to provide for herself and any children born during the marriage. In most circumstances, the widow is granted up… …

    Investment dictionary

  • 11 dower — I. noun Etymology: Middle English dowere, from Anglo French dower, douaire, from Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dot , dos gift, marriage portion more at date Date: 14th century 1. the part of or interest in the real estate of a deceased… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 dower — dowerless, adj. /dow euhr/, n. 1. Law. the portion of a deceased husband s real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime. 2. dowry (def. 1). 3. a natural gift or endowment. v.t. 4. to provide with a dower or dowry. 5. to give as a dower or… …

    Universalium

  • 13 Dower — That portion of a dead man s property left to his widow; customarily one third. A dower house was a small house built on an estate for a widow, e.g. when the son had inherited and his mother moved out of the main house. This use of dower is not… …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 14 Dower — This interesting name is occupational, deriving from the old English dah meaning dough, plus the agent suffix er (one who works with) which gives the maker of dough, a baker . The first recording of the name dates from the 14th Century. John le… …

    Surnames reference

  • 15 dower — /ˈdaʊə/ (say dowuh) noun 1. (formerly) the portion of a deceased husband s real property allowed by the law to his widow for her life. 2. → dowry (def. 1). 3. a natural gift or endowment. –verb (t) Obsolete 4. to provide with a dower or dowry. 5 …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 dower — The provision which the law makes for a widow out of the lands or tenements of her husband, for her support and the nurture of her children. 2 Bl.Comm. 130; In re Miller s Estate, 44 N.M. 214, 100 P.2d 908, 911. A species of life estate which a… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 17 dower — The provision which the law makes for a widow out of the lands or tenements of her husband, for her support and the nurture of her children. 2 Bl.Comm. 130; In re Miller s Estate, 44 N.M. 214, 100 P.2d 908, 911. A species of life estate which a… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 18 dower — n. & v. n. 1 a widow s share for life of her husband s estate. 2 archaic a dowry. 3 a natural gift or talent. v.tr. 1 archaic give a dowry to. 2 (foll. by with) endow with talent etc. Phrases and idioms: dower house Brit. a smaller house near a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 dower — 1. noun /ˈdaʊər,ˈdaʊ.ə(ɹ),ˈdaʊ.ɚ/ a) that part of a deceaseds property provided to his widow b) property given by a woman to her husband at marriage, a dowry. Syn: dowry 2 …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 dower — dow•er [[t]ˈdaʊ ər[/t]] n. 1) law the portion of a deceased husband s real property allowed to his widow for life 2) dowry 1) 3) to provide with a dower or dowry • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME dowere < OF do(u) aire < ML dōtārium. See dot II,… …

    From formal English to slang