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dower

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noun dow·er \ˈdau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of dower

  1. 1 :  the part of or interest in the real estate of a deceased husband given by law to his widow during her life — compare curtesy

  2. 2 a :  dowry 2 b :  dowry 3



Origin of dower

Middle English dowere, from Anglo-French dower, douaire, from Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dot-, dos gift, marriage portion — more at date


First Known Use: 14th century


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dower

verb dow·er

Definition of dower

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to supply with a dower or dowry :  endow



1605

First Known Use of dower

1605

Rhymes with dower


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