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bow·​ery ˈbau̇(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce bowery (audio)
plural boweries
: a colonial Dutch plantation or farm
[Bowery, street in New York City] : a city district known for cheap bars and derelicts


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: like a bower (see bower entry 1) : full of bowers
… many other choice flowers, which thrive best in partial shade, perfumed this bowery walk, and decked it with endless bloom. Near the southern end, the bower-alley was widened to ten or twelve feet.William Bottrell

Examples of bowery in a Sentence

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A novelty store, a Chinese hand laundry and a Chinese hairstylist were operating at 50-52 Bowery in 1974, around the time a keen young entrepreneur named Joseph Chu bought the buildings. Emily S. Rueb, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2016

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Word History



Dutch bouwerij, from bouwer farmer, from bouwen to till; akin to Old High German būan to dwell

First Known Use


1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowery was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Bowery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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