- 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 dōtāre from dōs dōt- dowry ; see dō- 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").