• enPR: dauʹ-ər, IPA: /ˈdaʊ.əɹ/
  • (British) IPA: [ˈdaʊ.ə(ɹ)]
  • (America) IPA: [ˈdaʊ.ɚ]

dower (plural dowers)

  1. (legal) The part of or interest in a deceased husband's property provided to his widow, usually in the form of a life estate.
  2. (legal) Property given by a groom directly to his bride at or before their wedding in order to legitimize the marriage; dowry.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 1
      […] how features are abroad, / I am skill-less of; but, by my modesty,— / The jewel in my dower,—I would not wish / Any companion in the world but you […]
  3. (obsolete) That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.
    • How great, how plentiful, how rich a dower!
    • Man in his primeval dower arrayed.
Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations Verb

dower (dowers, present participle dowering; past and past participle dowered)

  1. To give a dower or dowry.
  2. To endow.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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