Definition of Dower

1. Noun. Money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage.

Exact synonyms: Dowery, Dowry, Portion
Generic synonyms: Gift



2. Verb. Furnish with an endowment. "When she got married, she got dowered"
Exact synonyms: Endow
Generic synonyms: Gift, Give, Present
Specialized synonyms: Benefice
Derivative terms: Dowery, Endowment, Endowment

3. Noun. A life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of her husband.
Generic synonyms: Estate For Life, Life Estate

Definition of Dower

1. n. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.

Definition of Dower

1. Noun. (legal) that part of a deceased's property provided to his widow ¹

2. Noun. (legal) property given by a woman to her husband at marriage, a dowry. ¹

3. Verb. to give a dower or dowry ¹

4. Verb. to endow ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dower

1. to provide with a dowry [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dower

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dowdinesses
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dower (current term)
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dowitcher
dowitchers

Literary usage of Dower

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
""dower is the right of a wife to an estate for life in one-third of the ... For other definitions, see Words and Phrases, First and Second Series, dower. ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Copyhold estates are also not liable to dower, being only estates at the ... But, where dower is allowable, it matters not, though the husband alien the ..."

3. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"To give greater * facility to the attainment of the right of dower (and which Lord Coke informs us was one of the three principal favorites of the common ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"407 (10: 783). dower right in land of which her husband was a tenant in common. ... A widow is not entitled to dower in land fraudulently conveyed to her by ..."

5. A History of French Private Law by Jean Brissaud (1912)
"dower. General Ideas. — By this is understood that portion of the personal ... We have already seen that dower was the result of the fusion of the Germanic ..."

6. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Or, A Commentary by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1823)
"What things requisite to the consummation of dower, 31.8. 32. a. The wife of what person shall have dower of the lands of her husband, and of what not, ..."

7. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary ...by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1853)
"What things requisite to the consummation of dower, 31. a. 32. a. The wife of what person shall have dower of the lands of her husband, and of what not, ..."

8. The Law of Baron and Femme: Of Parent and Child, Guardian and Ward, Master by Tapping Reeve, Amasa Junius Parker, Charles E. Baldwin (1882)
"1; Park's Treatise on the Law of dower, 5; Chase's Statutes of Ohio, voL 2, p. ... In Missouri the wife is entitled to dower, in leasehold estates of twenty ..."

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