1

dower

play
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. 2a :  dowry 2b :  dowry 3

Origin and Etymology of dower

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


2

dower

verb dow·er

Definition of dower

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

First Known Use of dower

1605


Law Dictionary

dower

play
noun dow·er \ˈdau̇-ər\

Legal Definition of dower

  1. :  the life estate in a man's real property to which his wife is entitled upon his death under common law and some state statutes — compare curtesy, elective share

Origin and Etymology of dower

Anglo-French, from Old French douaire, modification of Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dot-, dos gift, dowry


Learn More about dower


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dower? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an extremely thin woman

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!