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dowry

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noun dow·ry \ˈdau̇(-ə)-rē\

Simple Definition of dowry

  • : money or property that a wife or wife's family gives to her husband when the wife and husband marry in some cultures

Full Definition of dowry

plural dowries

  1. 1 archaic :  dower 1

  2. 2 :  the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage

  3. 3 :  a gift of money or property by a man to or for his bride

  4. 4 :  a natural talent

Origin of dowry

Middle English dowarie, from Anglo-French, alteration of dower, douaire — more at dower


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with dowry



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