Dow"a*ger (?), n. [OF. douagiere, fr. douage dower. See Dower.]

1. Eng.Law

A widow endowed, or having a jointure; a widow who either enjoys a dower from her deceased husband, or has property of her own brought by her to her husband on marriage, and settled on her after his decease.

Blount. Burrill.


A title given in England to a widow, to distinguish her from the wife of her husband's heir bearing the same name; -- chiefly applied to widows of personages of rank.

With prudes for proctors, dowagers for deans. Tennyson.

Queen dowager, the widow of a king.


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