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English definition of “dowager”

dowager

noun [C]     /ˈdaʊə.dʒər/ US  /-dʒɚ/
specialized law a woman of high social rank whose husband is dead but who has a title and property because of her marriage to him: a dowager queenRoyalty, aristocracy and titles literary an old woman who is, or behaves as if she is, of high social rankKinds of womenMen and women
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