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dower house

noun, British
1.
the dwelling that is intended for or occupied by the widowed mother of the owner of an ancestral estate.
Origin of dower house
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • The Hermitage was properly the dower house of the Towers, but for the last two generations had not been required as such.

  • She had moved into the dower house for a year, and had been in it seven years.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • Cecily had been at the dower house at the moment of the rueful arrival.

  • To him it was a great occasion if he chanced to meet the pupils from the dower house.

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
  • The two aunts of these young ladies lived for many years in the dower house upon my estate in Hampshire.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • My father sold it, reserving only the dower house for his own use.

  • When, at the dower house, had she laughed so gaily, or talked in so animated and sprightly a fashion?

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
  • I found the lane to the back of the dower house without any difficulty, and was at the door in the wall with ten minutes to spare.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • Wednesday arrived, and perhaps even Ronnie hardly welcomed his birthday more than did his friends at the dower house.

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
  • As the big bell at the dower house was clang-clanging its loudest, the girls set off at a run.

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for dower house

dower house

noun
1.
a house set apart for the use of a widow, often on her deceased husband's estate
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