- a widow with a title or property derived from her dead husband: often used in comb. with the title: queen dowager, dowager duchess
- an elderly woman of wealth and dignity
Origin of dowagerOld French douagiere ; from douage, dowry ; from douer, to give a dowry ; from Classical Latin dotare, to endow ; from dos: see dot
- A widow who holds a title or property derived from her deceased husband.
- An elderly woman of high social station.
Origin of dowagerObsolete French douagière, from douage, dower, from douer, to endow, from Latin d&omacron;tare, from d&omacron;s, d&omacron;t-, dowry; see d&omacron;- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French douagere, douagiere, from douage (“dower”), from the verb douer (“to endow”), from Latin dōtāre (“to endow”), from dōs, dōtis ("dowry").