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dower house

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noun British.
  1. the dwelling that is intended for or occupied by the widowed mother of the owner of an ancestral estate.
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Origin of dower house

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for dower house

Historical Examples

  • And she had demanded Stetten, the Duchess-mother's dower-house!

    A German Pompadour

    Marie Hay

  • When the party got back from the picnic, Cicely set out for the dower-house.

    The Squire's Daughter

    Archibald Marshall

  • At tea-time she was supposed to be at the dower-house, or else at the Rectory.

    The Squire's Daughter

    Archibald Marshall

  • After all, the dower-house was much too large and there were only two of them left.

    The Squire's Daughter

    Archibald Marshall

  • She must be at the dower-house, though, of course, she ought to be home by this time.

    The Squire's Daughter

    Archibald Marshall


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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