bow·​ery | \ ˈbau̇(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce bowery (audio) \
plural boweries

Definition of bowery

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a colonial Dutch plantation or farm
2 [Bowery, street in New York City] : a city district known for cheap bars and derelicts



Definition of bowery (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Awakening the Bowery’s Ghosts," 12 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of bowery


1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bowery


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

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“Bowery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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