em·​bow·​er im-ˈbau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce embower (audio)
embowered; embowering; embowers

transitive verb

: to shelter or enclose in or as if in a bower
like a rose embowered in its own green leavesP. B. Shelley

Examples of embower in a Sentence

over the years grapevines have completely embowered the summerhouse in the garden
Recent Examples on the Web Lush tree canopies embower the houses in greenery and create a park-like landscape that draws together the different styles. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, 3 June 2019 This tiny room is embowered with floral tributes, fruit offerings, et cetera. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2018 Lucy brought her own touch to Bryan’s rambling country house in the Sussex countryside, embowered in magical gardens created by Clough Williams-Ellis in the years following the First World War. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 25 July 2018 Once way out in the woods, reached only by wagon road from Seattle, today Denny Park is the only place left in the neighborhood where the public can enjoy such an intact canopy of big trees embowering open ground. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, 21 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of embower was in 1580

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Cite this Entry

“Embower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embower. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


em·​bow·​er im-ˈbau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce embower (audio)
: to shelter or enclose in or as if in a shelter of tree branches
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