[ dou-er ]
/ ˈdaʊ ər /
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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)
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Origin of dower
OTHER WORDS FROM dowerdow·er·less, adjectiveun·dow·ered, adjective
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How to use dower in a sentence
She is dowerless and friendless, except her young brother and an old grandfather, who maybe sleeps in his grave by this time.The Settlers|William H. G. Kingston
Perhaps, too, he might expect murmurs at his choice of a dowerless princess from his vassals of the Tirol.Two Penniless Princesses|Charlotte M. Yonge
Dolokhov was a suitable and in some respects a brilliant match for the dowerless, orphan girl.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
Mr. Bragg was a fine match for a dowerless girl:—even for a (dowerless) Miss Cheffington.That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
One of these was the duty incumbent on a dowerless young lady to marry well.That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 1(of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
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 of dowerdowerless, adjective
Word Origin for dower
C14: from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs gift
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