Meaning of DOWER in English

DOWER

I. ˈdau̇(-ə)r noun

Etymology: Middle English dowere, from Anglo-French dower, douaire, from Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dot-, dos gift, marriage portion — more at date

Date: 14th century

1. : the part of or interest in the real estate of a deceased husband given by law to his widow during her life — compare curtesy

2.

a. : dowry 2

b. : dowry 3

II. transitive verb

Date: 1605

: to supply with a dower or dowry : endow

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