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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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  • He'll live at the dower-house and work with me at the management of the place, just as you have always done.

    The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall
  • When the party got back from the picnic, Cicely set out for the dower-house.

    The Squire's Daughter Archibald Marshall
  • I dare say you were blinded by all that business at the dower-house this morning.

    The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall
  • After all, the dower-house was much too large and there were only two of them left.

    The Squire's Daughter Archibald Marshall
  • Still, I shan't be quite easy in my mind about the succession until there are children at the dower-house.

    The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall
  • At tea-time she was supposed to be at the dower-house, or else at the Rectory.

    The Squire's Daughter Archibald Marshall
  • And she had demanded Stetten, the Duchess-mother's dower-house!

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • It would be just what I hoped we should be doing at Kencote from the dower-house.

    The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall
  • Then he asked shortly, "Do you mean that I'm not to have the dower-house, after all?"

    The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall
  • "We are to live at the dower-house at Kencote," said Humphrey.

    The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall
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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