dower Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
portion; dowery; dowry.
noun a life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of her husband
verb furnish with an endowment
- When she got married, she got dowered
That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.
How great, how plentiful, how rich a dower! Sir J. Davies.
Man in his primeval dower arrayed. Wordsworth.
The property with which a woman is endowed; especially: (a) That which a woman brings to a husband in marriage; dowry.Obs.
His wife brought in dower Cilicia's crown. Dryden.
(b) (Law) That portion of the real estate of a man which his widow enjoys during her life, or to which a woman is entitled after the death of her husband. Blackstone. ✍ Dower, in modern use, is and should be distinguished from dowry. The former is a provision for a widow on her husband's death; the latter is a bride's portion on her marriage.Abbott.
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