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.
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
v : furnish with an endowment; "When she got married, she got
dowered" [syn: endow]