Definition of jointress in English:

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jointress

Pronunciation: /ˈjointrəs/

noun

Law , dated
A widow who holds a jointure.
Example sentences
  • Having won the fight, Hamlet married his brother's widow Gertrude who acquired the status of jointress rather than that of queen dowager.

Origin

Early 17th century: feminine of obsolete jointer 'joint owner'.

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