dowager

noun dow·a·ger \ ˈdau̇-i-jər \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018

Definition of dowager

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

Examples of dowager in a Sentence

  1. The estate is owned by a wealthy dowager.

  2. the town's dowagers frequently shake their heads over the younger generation

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Origin and Etymology of dowager

Middle French douagiere, from douage dower, from douer to endow — more at endow

dowager Synonyms

Related Words

grandam (or grandame);

headmistress, mistress;


DOWAGER Defined for English Language Learners

dowager

Definition of dowager for English Language Learners

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

  • : an old woman who is very formal or serious



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