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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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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!
Had I not seen, at a morning concert, the demdest little fascinator in all the world, and while that little fascinator is my wife, may not all the countesses and dowagers in England be--'
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.
They were gone some time, and Cecil was left with the dowagers.
Sundays won't be the same again without Downton Abbey and Maggie Smith's Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham <B
She's the lady who makes us wriggle in delight in our seats every Sunday night as the dowager Violet on Downton, who has fallen off her chair for George Clooney but has not appeared on a chat show sofa for 42 years.
Bishop Tony Robinson reminded them that just 19 years after Mary Sumner founded the movement in Winchester Diocese Bishop Walsham Howe, the first Bishop of Wakefield, invited the Dowager Countess of Dartmouth to organise the movement in Wakefield.