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Meaning of DOWER

Pronunciation:  'dawur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of her husband
  2. [n]  money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
  3. [v]  furnish with an endowment; "When she got married, she got dowered"

DOWER is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dowery, dowry, endow
 See Also: benefice, estate for life, gift, gift, give, life estate, present



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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,
1. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.

         How great, how plentiful, how rich a dower! --Sir J.

         Man in his primeval dower arrayed.    --Wordsworth.

2. The property with which a woman is endowed; especially:
   (a) That which a woman brings to a husband in marriage;
       dowry. [Obs.]

             His wife brought in dower Cilicia's crown.
   (b) (Law) That portion of the real estate of a man which
       his widow enjoys during her life, or to which a woman
       is entitled after the death of her husband.

Note: Dower, in modern use, is and should be distinguished
      from dowry. The former is a provision for a widow on
      her husband's death; the latter is a bride's portion on
      her marriage. --Abbott.

{Assignment of dower}. See under {Assignment}.

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