dower

noun
dow·​er | \ ˈdau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce dower (audio) \

Definition of dower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

dower

verb
dowered; dowering; dowers

Definition of dower (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to supply with a dower or dowry : endow

First Known Use of dower

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dower

Noun

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

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dower

noun
dow·​er | \ ˈdau̇-ər How to pronounce dower (audio) \

Legal Definition of dower

: 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

History and Etymology for dower

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

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