[ dou-er ]
/ ˈdaʊ ər /


Law. the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime.
a natural gift or endowment.

verb (used with object)

to provide with a dower or dowry.
to give as a dower or dowry.

Origin of dower

1250–1300; Middle English dowere < Old French do(u)aire < Medieval Latin dōtārium. See dot2, -ary

Related forms

dow·er·less, adjectiveun·dow·ered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dower


/ (ˈdaʊə) /


the life interest in a part of her husband's estate allotted to a widow by law
an archaic word for dowry (def. 1)
a natural gift or talent


(tr) to endow

Derived Forms

dowerless, adjective

Word Origin for dower

C14: from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs gift
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