Definition of dower in English:
1A widow’s share for life of her husband’s estate.
- But I do not agree that the guardian of these minors may purchase, in his own name and for his personal benefit, the dower interest of the widow in the lands to which his wards hold the fee.
- Moreover, she held the dower portion of her husband's lands, primarily made up of Maelienydd and Comot Deuddwr in Wales.
- The widow has dower right in her late husband's property, even if she remarries - although the children are not to lose their inheritance as a result of her remarriage.
verb[with object] archaic Back to top
Give a dowry to.
- The barber charged me enough to dower two of his daughters.
- Extra daughters were sent off to live in respectable refinement at convents, so that the family would not have to dower them as lavishly and divide the family patrimony.
- But, as my father eagerly points out, he has a large estate for sons and plenty of money to dower daughters with.
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