dower

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdaʊə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(douər)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dow•er  (douər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Lawthe portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime.
  2. dowry (def. 1).
  3. a natural gift or endowment.

v.t. 
  1. to provide with a dower or dowry.
  2. to give as a dower or dowry.
dower•less, adj. 
  • Medieval Latin dōtārium. See dot2, -ary
  • Old French do(u)aire
  • Middle English dowere 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dower /ˈdaʊə/ n
  1. the life interest in a part of her husband's estate allotted to a widow by law
  2. an archaic word for dowry
  3. a natural gift or talent
vb
  1. (transitive) to endow
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs gift
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