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
The estate is owned by a wealthy dowager.
the town's dowagers frequently shake their heads over the younger generation
Recent Examples of dowager from the Web
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty supply new songs for a cast including Christy Altomare as the possible duchess, Mary Beth Peil as a dowager empress and Ramin Karimloo as the baddie.
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DOWAGER Defined for English Language Learners
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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