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dowager

noun dow·a·ger \ˈda-i-jər\

: a woman who has inherited property or a title from her dead husband

: an old woman who is very formal or serious

Full Definition of DOWAGER

1
:  a widow holding property or a title from her deceased husband
2
:  a dignified elderly woman
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Examples of DOWAGER

  1. The estate is owned by a wealthy dowager.
  2. <the town's dowagers frequently shake their heads over the younger generation>

Origin of DOWAGER

Middle French douagiere, from douage dower, from douer to endow — more at endow
First Known Use: 1530

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