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DOWAGER. A widow endowed; one who has a jointure.
     2. In England, this is a title or addition given to the widows of princes, dukes, earls, and other noblemen.

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Prince Vasili wished to obtain this post for his son, but others were trying through the Dowager Empress Marya Fedorovna to secure it for the baron.
Baron Funke has been recommended to the Dowager Empress by her sister," was all she said, in a dry and mournful tone.
She is not only struck out of her place as the chief woman of the family, but (still on the right side of forty) she is socially superannuated, as The Dowager Lady Lundie, for the rest of her life!
The Dowager Duchess of Waveney, though she kept open house for members of Parliament, would have drawn the line at monkeys.
The Dowager for a moment gave him an angry look; but tossed it off with her head and her fan, and pursued the tenor of her way in her former manner.
Papa Meagles,' returned the Dowager, with an affable smile, but with the bloom on her cheeks standing out a little more vividly than usual as the neighbouring surface became paler,'probably not.
The Dowager here made a smiling obeisance, rather to the room than to any one in it, and therewith took a final farewell of Papa and Mama Meagles.
Thenceforth the Dowager, with a light and careless humour, often recounted to her particular acquaintance how, after a hard trial, she had found it impossible to know those people who belonged to Henry's wife, and who had made that desperate set to catch him.
My dear Bantam,' said the Dowager Lady Snuphanuph coaxingly, 'find us some nice creature to make up this table; there's a good soul.
YOU might think that the gentrified dowagers of Downton Abbey wouldn't stand a chance going toeto-toe with the axe-wielding wildlings of Game of Thrones or the guntoting gangsters of Boardwalk Empire.
Dowagers hump is a name given to an excessive curvature to the top of the spine that you see in older women with osteoporosis.
Genteel dowagers Lady Hunstanton (Mary Crossley) and Lady Pontefract (Enid Luty) provided much of the rich humour.