Definition of "dower"
  1. The historical right of a widow, as per old English law, to possess a third of her late husband's estate.
How to use "dower" in a sentence
  1. Upon her husband's death, she opted for the dower rather than the terms of his will.
  2. In a few states, the right of dower is still recognized and upheld.
  3. If she opts for the widow's election, her right to the dower is forfeited.

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