Definition of dower house in English:

dower house


  • A house intended as the residence of a widow, typically one near the main house on her late husband's estate.

    • ‘Originally the dower house of the Courtown House Estate, Marlfield was bought by the Bowes from the Earls of Courtown in 1977.’
    • ‘When a landowner died, his son would inherit the estate while the widow would be offered a home on the estate for the rest of her life - a dower house.’
    • ‘Designed by a notable York architect, the castle was originally constructed as a dower house for Sir Christopher's mother, but she chose to stay put at the main house.’
    • ‘It was first constructed, we think, some time in the early to mid-17th century as a dower house and would have been quite grand in its time, not unlike the classical French chateaux.’
    • ‘The sale is not unexpected, since the present marquess has never lived in the house, which in the past century has been in effect a dower house.’
    • ‘The plan is also backed by a historian, who says the dower house design is a continuation of tradition.’
    • ‘Presumably there are plenty of spare dower houses on the estate, but it would be hard for her to live at Chatsworth if she were not in charge.’