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bower

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noun bow·er \ ˈbau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of bower

1 :an attractive dwelling or retreat
2 :a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle
3 :a shelter (as in a garden) made with tree boughs or vines twined together :arbor

bowery

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Origin and Etymology of bower

Middle English bour dwelling, from Old English būr; akin to Old English & Old High German būan to dwell, Old English bēon to be — more at be


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bower

verb

Definition of bower

transitive verb
:embower, enclose
  • tree-bowered streets

Examples of bower in a Sentence

  1. bowered by a canopy of grapevines, we enjoyed a serene and very private picnic

Origin and Etymology of bower

see 1bower


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bower

noun

Definition of bower

nautical :an anchor carried at the bow of a ship

First Known Use of bower

1652


BOWER Defined for Kids

bower

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noun bow·er \ ˈbau̇-ər \

Definition of bower for Students

:a shelter in a garden made of boughs of trees or vines


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