Dowager meaning

dou'ə-jər
A widow who holds a title or property derived from her deceased husband.
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An elderly woman of wealth and dignity.
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An elderly woman of high social station.
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A widow holding property or title derived from her late husband.
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A widow with a title or property derived from her dead husband.

Queen dowager, dowager duchess.

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Origin of dowager

  • Obsolete French douagière from douage dower from douer to endow from Latin dōtāre from dōs dōt- dowry dō- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French douagere, douagiere, from douage (“dower”), from the verb douer (“to endow”), from Latin dōtāre (“to endow”), from dōs, dōtis ("dowry").
    From Wiktionary