dowager

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noun dow·a·ger \ˈdau̇-i-jər\

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 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>

Origin and Etymology of dowager

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


First Known Use: 1530


DOWAGER Defined for English Language Learners

dowager

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noun dow·a·ger \ˈdau̇-i-jər\

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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