noun (1)
bow·​er | \ ˈbau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce bower (audio) \

Definition of bower

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


bowered; bowering; bowers

Definition of bower (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: embower, enclose tree-bowered streets


noun (2)

Definition of bower (Entry 3 of 3)

nautical : an anchor carried at the bow of a ship

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Examples of bower in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of bower

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1599, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bower

Noun (1) and Verb

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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Cite this Entry

“Bower.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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bow·​er | \ ˈbau̇-ər How to pronounce bower (audio) \

Kids Definition of bower

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

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to insert between existing elements

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