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dowager

noun [C] uk   /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 queen literary an old woman who is, or behaves as if she is, of high social rank
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