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Meaning of DOWAGER

Pronunciation:  'dawujur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
 

DOWAGER is a 7 letter word that starts with D.

 

 See Also: widow, widow woman

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

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.

         With prudes for proctors, dowagers for deans.
                                               --Tennyson.

{Queen dowager}, the widow of a king.

 
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