dower

[dou-er]
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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
Related formsdow·er·less, adjectiveun·dow·ered, adjective
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Related Words for dower

endowment, skill, talent, gift, dowry, endue, grant, give, award, bestow, present

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British Dictionary definitions for dower

dower

noun
  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)
  3. a natural gift or talent
verb
  1. (tr) to endow
Derived Formsdowerless, adjective

Word Origin for dower

C14: from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs gift
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Word Origin and History for dower
n.

late 13c., from Old French doaire "dower, dowry, gift" (see dowry).

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