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Meaning of dower

dow•er

Pronunciation: (dou'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime.
  2. dowry (def. 1).
  3. a natural gift or endowment.
—v.t.
  1. to provide with a dower or dowry.
  2. to give as a dower or dowry.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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