- Law. the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime.
- dowry(def 1).
- a natural gift or endowment.
Origin of dower
Related Words for dowerendowment, skill, talent, gift, dowry, endue, grant, give, award, bestow, present
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Contemporary Examples of dower
Neither is very old (Christmann is in his early 40s and Dower in his 30s), but Hjartarson is in no hurry.Iceland’s Penis Museum Curator on What 'The Final Member' Gets Wrong
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Historical Examples of dower
He would fall in love, not with the demoiselle, but the dower.Night and Morning, Complete
He can do the same with his real estate but can not impair her dower.
He can do this with his property, but can not impair her dower rights.
He may do this but can not impair her dower right to one-third.
He can do the same with his separate property but subject to her dower.
- 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
Word Origin for dower
late 13c., from Old French doaire "dower, dowry, gift" (see dowry).