WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
dow•a•ger /ˈdaʊədʒɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a woman who holds some title or property from her deceased husband.
  2. an elderly woman of stately dignity.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. relating to or characteristic of a dowager:a dowager princess.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
dow•a•ger  (douə jər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a woman who holds some title or property from her deceased husband, esp. the widow of a king, duke, etc. (often used as an additional title to differentiate her from the wife of the present king, duke, etc.):a queen dowager; an empress dowager.
  2. an elderly woman of stately dignity, esp. one of elevated social position:a wealthy dowager.

adj. 
  1. noting, pertaining to, or characteristic of a dowager:the dowager duchess; to prefer a dowager style of dress.
dowa•ger•ism, n. 
  • Middle French douag(i)ere, equivalent. to douage dower (see endow, -age) + -iere, feminine of -ier -ier2
  • 1520–30


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dowager /ˈdaʊədʒə/ n
  1. a widow possessing property or a title obtained from her husband
  2. (as modifier): the dowager duchess
  3. a wealthy or dignified elderly woman
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French douagiere, from douage dower



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