- that part of a man's property which his widow inherits for life
- a dowry
- a natural talent, gift, or endowment
Origin of dowerMiddle English douere ; from Old French douaire ; from Medieval Latin dotarium ; from Classical Latin dos: see dot
- to give a dower to
- to endow (with)
- Law a. A spouse's legal entitlement, during his or her lifetime, to a share of a deceased spouse's real estate or other property.b. The part or interest of a deceased man's real estate allotted by law to his widow for her lifetime.
- A natural endowment or gift; a dowry.
transitive verbdow·ered, dow·er·ing, dow·ers
Origin of dowerMiddle English douere, from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin d&omacron;tarium, d&omacron;arium, from Latin d&omacron;s, d&omacron;t-, dowry; see d&omacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dowers, present participle dowering, simple past and past participle dowered)
From Middle English dowere, from Old French doeire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs, dōtis.
dower - Legal Definition