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a. A spouse's legal entitlement, during his or her lifetime, to a share of a deceased spouse's real estate or other property.
b. The part or interest of a deceased man's real estate allotted by law to his widow for her lifetime.
2. A natural endowment or gift; a dowry.
tr.v. dow·ered, dow·er·ing, dow·ers
To give a dower to; endow.
1. (Law) the life interest in a part of her husband's estate allotted to a widow by law
2. (Sociology) an archaic word for dowry1
3. a natural gift or talent
(Law) (tr) to endow
[C14: from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs gift]
1. the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for life.
3. to provide with a dower or dowry.
Dowera burrow of rabbits or the like, 1490.
Past participle: dowered
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|Noun||1.||dower - money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage|
gift - something acquired without compensation
|2.||dower - a life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of her husband|
|Verb||1.||dower - furnish with an endowment; "When she got married, she got dowered"|
benefice - endow with a benefice