Meaning of dowager

dow•a•ger

Pronunciation: (dou'u-jur), [key]
— 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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