dowry

noun dow·ry \ ˈdau̇(-ə)-rē \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of dowry

plural dowries
1 archaic, law : dower 1
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 : a gift of money or property by a man to or for his bride
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

DOWRY Defined for English Language Learners

dowry

noun

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

noun dow·ry \ ˈdau̇-rē \

Definition of dowry for Students

plural dowries
: property that in some cultures a woman gives to her husband in marriage


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