Dower meaning

dou'ər
Common law; the right of a wife to one third of the real property owned by her husband at his death, for the duration of her life.
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(law) The part of or interest in a deceased husband's property provided to his widow, usually in the form of a life estate.
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(law) Property given by a groom directly to his bride at or before their wedding in order to legitimize the marriage.
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A natural endowment or gift; a dowry.
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To give a dower to; endow.
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That part of a man's property which his widow inherits for life.
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A dowry.
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A natural talent, gift, or endowment.
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To give a dower to.
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To endow (with)
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Wordsworth.

Man in his primeval dower arrayed.

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To give a dower or dowry.
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To endow.
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Origin of dower

  • Middle English douere from Old French douaire from Medieval Latin dōtārium, dōārium from Latin dōs dōt- dowry dō- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English dowere, from Old French doeire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs, dōtis.
    From Wiktionary