noun dow·ry \ˈda(-ə)-rē\

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

plural dowries

Full Definition of DOWRY

archaic :  dower 1
:  the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage
:  a gift of money or property by a man to or for his bride
:  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

DOWRY Defined for Kids


noun dow·ry \ˈda-rē\
plural dowries

Definition of DOWRY for Kids

:  property that in some cultures a woman gives to her husband in marriage


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