[ dou-er ]
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  1. Law. the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime.

  1. a natural gift or endowment.

verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a dower or dowry.

  2. 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

Other words from dower

  • dow·er·less, adjective
  • un·dow·ered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dower


/ (ˈdaʊə) /

  1. the life interest in a part of her husband's estate allotted to a widow by law

  2. an archaic word for dowry (def. 1)

  1. a natural gift or talent

  1. (tr) to endow

Origin of dower

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

Derived forms of dower

  • dowerless, adjective

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