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Noblewoman's party venture (7)

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I believe the answer is:

dowager

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Here is my best explanation:

'noblewoman's' is the definition.

The answer and definition can be both people as well as being singular nouns.

Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'party venture' is the subsidiary indication.

'party' becomes 'do' (do is a kind of party).

'venture' becomes 'wager' (wager is a kind of venture).

'do'+'wager'='dowager'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for dowager that I've seen before include "Wordage (anag.)", "Titled widow", "woman of status", "Wordage for the widow of a peer", "Nobleman's widow", "Wealthy old woman", "elderly lady of means", "Widow with title or property from her husband", "Important widow" and "woman of property?".)

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