dower house

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noun British.

the dwelling that is intended for or occupied by the widowed mother of the owner of an ancestral estate.

Nearby words

  1. dowel,
  2. doweling,
  3. dowell,
  4. dower,
  5. dower chest,
  6. dowery,
  7. dowf,
  8. dowie,
  9. dowitcher,
  10. dowland

Origin of dower house

First recorded in 1860–65

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British Dictionary definitions for dower house

dower house

noun

a house set apart for the use of a widow, often on her deceased husband's estate
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