dowry

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noun dow·ry \ˈdau̇(-ə)-rē\

Definition of dowry

plural

dowries

  1. 1 archaic, law :  dower 1

  2. 2 law :  the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage cultures in which marriage rarely occurs without dowry or bride-price

  3. 3 :  a gift of money or property by a man to or for his bride

  4. 4 :  a natural talent

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Origin and Etymology of dowry

Middle English dowarie, from Anglo-French, alteration of dower, douaire — more at dower


First Known Use: 14th century


DOWRY Defined for English Language Learners

dowry

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noun dow·ry \ˈdau̇(-ə)-rē\

Definition of dowry for English Language Learners

  • : money or property that a wife or wife's family gives to her husband when the wife and husband marry in some cultures


DOWRY Defined for Kids

dowry

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noun dow·ry \ˈdau̇-rē\

Definition of dowry for Students

plural

dowries

  1. :  property that in some cultures a woman gives to her husband in marriage



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