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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But the 32-year-old, who looks af-af ter Dame Maggie Smith - AKA the Dowager Countess of Grantham - Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith and Phyllis Logan, better known as Mrs Hughes, said that he was so shocked to hear he'd won that he almost forgot to get up and collect his trophy.
He is especially good at fusty dowagers, although the rest of his individualized vocal creations are exemplary.
In it are splendid Spanish Baroque buildings, some fading like the ghosts of grand dowagers, others newly primped models of the famed restoration of La Habana Vieja.
An illegitimate child who is shrugged off by his father after his mother dies, he is taken in by his father's secretary, Mary (Joan Plowright), one of a phalanx of English dowagers (known by the locals as scorpioni) who have resettled in Florence in the 1930s.
Genteel dowagers Lady Hunstanton (Mary Crossley) and Lady Pontefract (Enid Luty) provided much of the rich humour.
Full marks once again to the society's wardrobe department for putting together beautiful Edwardian creations (some hired from the Royal Exchange) which appeared to be more outlandish for the dowager characters.
One physical issue often associated with aging is called a dowager's hump.
First, it's important to understand what dowager's hump is and how it develops.
But a fracture isn't the only way to end up with a dowager's hump.
But if you do notice this layer of tissue forming, whether people start to urge you to stand up straight or you can feel the area by rubbing your neck, it's not too late to take steps to keep the dowager's hump from progressing.
For a time, researchers weren't sure that there was much you could do once you'd developed a dowager's hump.
Those who developed a significant increase in back extensor strength had a significant decrease in thoracic kyphosis (dowager's hump), while those who did not get stronger actually had a slight increase in kyphosis.