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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dow·er /ˈdaʊ(ə)r/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dow·er n.
 1. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.
    How great, how plentiful, how rich a dower!   --Sir J. Davies.
    Man in his primeval dower arrayed.   --Wordsworth.
 2. The property with which a woman is endowed; especially: (a) That which a woman brings to a husband in marriage; dowry. [Obs.]
    His wife brought in dower Cilicia's crown.   --Dryden.
 (b) Law That portion of the real estate of a man which his widow enjoys during her life, or to which a woman is entitled after the death of her husband.
 Note:Dower, in modern use, is and should be distinguished from dowry. The former is a provision for a widow on her husband's death; the latter is a bride's portion on her marriage.
 Assignment of dower. See under Assignment.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: money or property brought by a woman to her husband at
           marriage [syn: dowry, dowery]
      2: a life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of
         her husband
      v : furnish with an endowment; "When she got married, she got
          dowered" [syn: endow]