Definition of bowery
1 : a colonial Dutch plantation or farm
2 [Bowery, street in New York City] : a city district known for cheap bars and derelicts
Origin and Etymology of bowery
Dutch bouwerij, from bouwer farmer, from bouwen to till; akin to Old High German būan to dwell
First Known Use: 1650
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