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dower

[dou-er] /ˈdaʊ ər/
noun
1.
Law. the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime.
2.
dowry (def 1).
3.
a natural gift or endowment.
verb (used with object)
4.
to provide with a dower or dowry.
5.
to give as a dower or dowry.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English dowere < Old French do(u)aire < Medieval Latin dōtārium. See dot2, -ary
Related forms
dowerless, adjective
undowered, adjective
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  • If the husband consents she does not have to pay back the dower.
  • At this point the husband must pay the wife the delayed component of the dower.
British Dictionary definitions for dower

dower

/ˈdaʊə/
noun
1.
the life interest in a part of her husband's estate allotted to a widow by law
2.
an archaic word for dowry (sense 1)
3.
a natural gift or talent
verb
4.
(transitive) to endow
Derived Forms
dowerless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs gift
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Word Origin and History for dower
n.

late 13c., from Old French doaire "dower, dowry, gift" (see dowry).

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