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dower house

noun, British.
1.
the dwelling that is intended for or occupied by the widowed mother of the owner of an ancestral estate.
Origin of dower house
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65
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  • She had moved into the dower house for a year, and had been in it seven years.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • To him it was a great occasion if he chanced to meet the pupils from the dower house.

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
  • My father sold it, reserving only the dower house for his own use.

  • The guns met the next morning at the corner by the dower house.

    The Honour of the Clintons Archibald Marshall
  • Cecily had been at the dower house at the moment of the rueful arrival.

  • Eugene showed him the road to the dower house, and he set out at a brisk walk.

    Father Stafford Anthony Hope
  • When he reached the dower house the horse was bathed in foam.

    Wife in Name Only Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  • I found the lane to the back of the dower house without any difficulty, and was at the door in the wall with ten minutes to spare.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • The Hermitage was properly the dower house of the Towers, but for the last two generations had not been required as such.

  • It was perhaps only natural that the affairs of the Castle should seem important to the dwellers at the dower house.

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for dower house

dower house

noun
1.
a house set apart for the use of a widow, often on her deceased husband's estate
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