Definition of dowager noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊədʒə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊədʒər//
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  1. 1a woman of high social rank who has a title from her dead husband the dowager Duchess of Norfolk
  2. 2(informal) an impressive, usually rich, old woman
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Old French douagiere, from douage ‘dower’, from douer ‘endow’, from Latin dotare ‘endow’, from dos, dot- ‘dowry’; related to dare ‘give’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dowager