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dowager

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noun dow·a·ger \ˈdau̇-i-jər\

Simple Definition of dowager

  • : 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. 1 :  a widow holding property or a title from her deceased husband

  2. 2 :  a dignified elderly woman

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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