dowager definition

  • noun:
    • A widow who holds a title or home produced from her deceased spouse.
    • An elderly woman of large social station.
    • A widow holding property or name based on her late husband.
    • Any woman of dignified bearing.
    • A widow endowed, or having a jointure; a widow which either enjoys a dower from her deceased husband, or has residential property of her very own brought by her to the woman husband on wedding, and decided on the after their decease.
    • A title offered in The united kingdomt to a widow, to distinguish this lady through the wife of her husband's heir bearing the same name; -- mainly applied to widows of personages of ranking.
    • in-law, a widow endowed or possessed of a jointure.
    • A title provided to a widow to tell apart the girl through the spouse of the woman husband's heir bearing similar title: applied especially into widows of princes and individuals of ranking.
    • a widow holding property obtained from her deceased husband

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