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dower

noun dow·er \ ˈdau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of dower

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 a : dowry 2
b : 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

Definition of dower

transitive verb
: to supply with a dower or dowry : endow

First Known Use of dower

1605


Law Dictionary

dower

noun dow·er \ ˈdau̇-ər \

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

Origin and Etymology of dower

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


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