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dowager


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dowager 
  n  :  a  widow  holding  property  received  from  her  deceased  husband 




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