What does the word dowager mean?

Usage examples for dowager

  1. She had taken a fine old Georgian house, furnished from basement to attic by Mallet, and had launched invitations for a dinner- party " to meet the Dowager- Duchess of Stoke," when- bang fell Thunderbolt Six! – The Brightener by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  2. But the government of the Dowager had been committed by that enterprise to carry out the life- long policy of Henry, and to maintain his firm alliance with the Republic. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley