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1. A widow who holds a title or property derived from her deceased husband.
2. An elderly woman of high social station.
[Obsolete French douagière, from douage, dower, from douer, to endow, from Latin dōtāre, from dōs, dōt-, dowry; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]
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a. a widow possessing property or a title obtained from her husband
b. (as modifier): the dowager duchess.
2. a wealthy or dignified elderly woman
[C16: from Old French douagiere, from douage dower]
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dow•a•ger(ˈdaʊ ə dʒər)
1. a woman who holds some title or property from her deceased husband.
2. an elderly woman of stately dignity.adj.
3. pertaining to or characteristic of a dowager.
[1520–30; < Middle French douag(i)ere, derivative of douage dower]
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dowager[ˈdaʊədʒər] n → douairière f
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n → (adlige) Witwe; dowager duchess → Herzoginwitwe f
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