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bower

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noun bow·er \ˈbau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of bower

  1. 1 :  an attractive dwelling or retreat

  2. 2 :  a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle

  3. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bower

verb bow·er

Definition of bower

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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


First Known Use: 1599


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bower

noun bow·er

Definition of bower

  1. nautical :  an anchor carried at the bow of a ship

1652

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

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



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