dower

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

1dow·er

noun \ˈda(-ə)r\

Definition of DOWER

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
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

2dower

transitive verb

Definition of DOWER

:  to supply with a dower or dowry :  endow

First Known Use of DOWER

1605

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