dower [-s, -'s] n
OFr douaire < L. dōtāre, endow.
- Gift; endowment.
- Money; property a wife brings to her husband upon their marriage.
- Inheritance; share of an estate; property a widow receives following the death of her husband; [fig.] recognition from others; remembrance by others; fame after death.
dower [-ed] v
see dower, n.
- Endow; grant; confer; give as a wedding gift.