Meaning of “dowager” in the English Dictionary

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"dowager" in British English

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dowagernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdaʊə.dʒər/ us /ˈdaʊə.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 queen

literary an old woman who is, or behaves as if she is, of high social rank

(Definition of “dowager” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)