[d_ˈaʊ_ɪ_dʒ_ə], [dˈa͡ʊɪd͡ʒə], [dˈa‍ʊɪd‍ʒə]

Definitions of dowager:

  1.   A title given in England to a widow, to distinguish her from the wife of her husband's heir bearing the same name; - chiefly applied to widows of personages of rank.
  2.   A window holding dower.
  3.   A widow endowed, or having a jointure; a widow who either enjoys a dower from her deceased husband, or has property of her own brought by her to her husband on marriage, and settled on her after his decease.
  4.   The widow of a king, prince, or person of rank; a widow who has inherited property.
  5.   A widow with a dower.
  6.   A title given to the widow of a prince or person of rank when he who succeeded her deceased husband in his titles and estates is married, there being thus two ladies with the same title; a widow of rank, with property or real estate enjoyed by her during her lifetime.
  7.   a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
  8.   A widow with a dower or jointure: a title given to a widow to distinguish her from the wife of her husband's heir.
  9.   A widow with a jointure; the widow particularly of a prince or a noble.

Usage examples for dowager:

  1. Dowager Doddleson was eminently good- natured. ” – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  2. Thus, a kindly dowager as she followed the Royalties down- stairs. ” – The Judgment House by Gilbert Parker
  3. “ I should think you'd know by this time that you can't bluff the Dowager – Just Patty by Jean Webster
  4. “ " Perhaps she likes some one you know nothing about," suggested the dowager – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  5. The saint did not spare the demoralized court, and the Queen- Dowager Brunehalt became his bitterest foe. ” – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  6. She sat between two vagabonds in white blouses, with whom she was talking earnestly, and looked like- well, like a queen dowager in disguise. ” – Erlach Court by Ossip Schubin
  7. The dowager queen's entreaties were commands, and as Maria Theresa rose to return to her apartments, Madame rose in order to send a page to summon La Valliere. ” – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  8. “ " I see through the Dowager said Patty, " She thinks she's found a new method of managing us." ” – Just Patty by Jean Webster
  9. In a few days the whole work will be completed, when it will be inspected by Her Majesty, the Queen Dowager and His Royal Highness Prince Albert, those illustrious personages having intimated their desire to view it when finished. ” – Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign by John Ashton
  10. The carriage holds one,- say an infirm dowager seeking the afternoon breeze,- and if the driver's attendance is desired, he is able to run beside it for miles. ” – A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees by Edwin Asa Dix
  11. One dowager had said to another: P. F. intends to marry, I assure you, for his sister told me so, with tears in her eyes. ” – Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott
  12. The Dowager Duchess of Norfolk and the Ladies Howard, Mr. Hope- Scott's daughters, the Hon. ” – Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2 by Robert Ornsby
  13. As it happened, Mrs. Courteen did not discover the reference to her daughter's indiscretion, until she was asked by an inquisitive dowager to explain the allusion in the twelve lines. ” – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  14. The Dowager Duchess appeared. ” – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt
  15. “ Albert was beneath the green oak, talking to the Dowager Duchess, who was telling him how much she admired Genevieve. ” – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt
  16. The old Dowager Duchess of Strome, a bosom friend of my mother's, was Biddy's aunt, and Cardinal Voisey, handsome being! ” – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  17. What, the fat dowager who was at Mrs. Quadrille's last night? ” – The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 by Ministry of Education
  18. He was accompanied by the Dowager Duchess, the Prince and Princess of Bernecourt. ” – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt
  19. “ To which the Dowager replied that Robin would never think of anything so silly. ” – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  20. They have marked the displeasure of the Queen Dowager or seen the anger of the Crown Prince. ” – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever