dower dower  /ˈdaʊr/


  1. (n) money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
  2. (n) a life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of her husband
  3. (v) furnish with an endowment


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  • If Terry Moore was validly married to Hughes and no legal divorce was obtained, she is Hughes' widow and entitled to dower or widow's interest.


  • Pittsfield Housing Authority opening community centers

    PITTSFIELD -- The city is collaborating with the Pittsfield Housing Authority to open community centers in two public housing facilities. The two areas will be established at 15 Francis Plaza on Francis Avenue and at 1 Dower Square on Wahconah Street.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Berkshire Eagle


  • Fifty years later, in a letter to the British legal scholar Sir Frederick Pollock, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote, "I have read in a California volume that the wife on marriage acquires an inchoate right of dower, which by the death of the husband...
    on Jan 1, 2010 By: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr Source: New York Times

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