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Dower

Dower Meaning & Definition
Dower Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Dower?

[n] a life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of her husband
[n] money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
[v] furnish with an endowment; "When she got married, she got dowered"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Dower: dowery | dowry | endow

Related Terms | Find terms related to Dower: ability | accouter | appanage | appoint | bless with | bump | caliber | capability | capacity | dot | dowry | endow | endow with | endowment | endue | equip | equipment | faculty | favor with | flair | forte | foundation | furnish | genius | gift | grace with | instinct | invest | investment | jointure | legal jointure | long suit | makings | marriage portion | metier | natural endowment | natural gift | outfit | parts | portion | potential | power | powers | qualification | settle on | settle upon | settlement | speciality | strong flair | strong point | talent | talents | the goods | the stuff | thirds | vest | vest with | what it takes

See Also | benefice | estate for life | gift | gift | give | life estate | present

Dower In Webster's Dictionary

\Dow"er\, n. [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. ? gift, and to L. dare to give. See 1st {Date}, and cf. {Dot} dowry, {Dotation}.] 1. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift. How great, how plentiful, how rich a dower! --Sir J. Davies. Man in his primeval dower arrayed. --Wordsworth. 2. The property with which a woman is endowed; especially: (a) That which a woman brings to a husband in marriage; dowry. [Obs.] His wife brought in dower Cilicia's crown. --Dryden. (b) (Law) That portion of the real estate of a man which his widow enjoys during her life, or to which a woman is entitled after the death of her husband. --Blackstone. Note: Dower, in modern use, is and should be distinguished from dowry. The former is a provision for a widow on her husband's death; the latter is a bride's portion on her marriage. --Abbott. {Assignment of dower}. See under {Assignment}.

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