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 : a widow holding property or a title from her deceased husband
2 : a dignified elderly woman
Examples of dowager
The estate is owned by a wealthy dowager.
<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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