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dow·ry

 (dou′rē)
n. pl. dow·ries
1. Money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage.
2. A sum of money required of a postulant at a convent.
3. A natural endowment or gift; a talent.
4. Archaic See dower.

[Middle English douerie, from Anglo-Norman douarie, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, dōārium, dōāria, dower; see dower.]

dowry

(ˈdaʊərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Sociology) the money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
2. (Sociology) (esp formerly) a gift made by a man to his bride or her parents
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a sum of money required on entering certain orders of nuns
4. a natural talent or gift
5. (Sociology) obsolete a widow's dower
[C14: from Anglo-French douarie, from Medieval Latin dōtārium; see dower]

dow•ry

(ˈdaʊ ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. Also, dower. the money, goods, etc., that a wife brings to her husband at marriage.
2. a natural gift; talent.
3. Archaic. a widow's dower.
[1250–1300; Middle English dowerie < Anglo-French douarie < Medieval Latin dōtārium. See dot2, -ary]

Dowry

 a portion given with a bride; a gift of nature or fortune; a lot, a great deal—Slang Dictionary, 1874.
Example: dowry of parny [rain or water], 1874.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dowry - money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriagedowry - money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
gift - something acquired without compensation

dowry

noun portion, marriage settlement, dot (archaic), lobola (S. African) The money from her dowry was invested.
Translations
مَهْر، بائِنَه
věno
medgift
myötäjäiset
mirazprćija
hozomány
heimanmundur
dos
kraitis
pūrs
veno

dowry

[ˈdaʊrɪ] Ndote f

dowry

[ˈdaʊəri] ndot f

dowry

nMitgift f

dowry

[ˈdaʊrɪ] ndote f

dowry

(ˈdauəri) plural ˈdowries noun
money and property brought by a woman to her husband when they marry.
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The Sindh government has prepared a draft law to restrict the practice of giving dowries in the province in August, 2017.
Before being allowed to go home, the groom's family were also made to give a written apology and make a promise to return all dowries they had taken.
Though dowries are not negotiated as much now, a wide difference often exists between what the groom's relatives expect and the bride's parents give.
Ahmed Al-Sinani, an expert on social issues, was quoted as saying the high number was a result of various factors, including high dowries, expensive functions, some parents marrying off daughters for money, high unemployment rate among youth in recent years, housing crisis and the absence of the role of social and charitable institutions.
He has long been vocal against the practice of paying dowries, calling it an outdated practice that does more harm than good in modern society.
One of the dowry, the couple died, but not as close, so more than half of the dowry is not settled, and some jurists say, all dowries, since the death of deputy practice approaches, and it establishes a shaky half.
Research in Bangladesh's Northern Districts revealed that about 80 per cent of marriages required dowries and more than 20,000 marriages were terminated within five years due to dowry conflict (Monsoor 1999).
Giving and receiving dowries is a tradition among South Asian families.
Many could not afford the wedding expenses, starting from huge dowries to the wedding parties," said Ali Khalfan, working with the government sector.
Cultural pressures to show off huge dowries may be a factor in couples' postponing marriage and in the growing number of couples who are living together without first getting married.
The decision is quiet unusual as dowries in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East is among the highest in the world and are often an obstacle to marriages.
In the past only cows were given as dowries but now you have to give thousands of South Sudanese pounds as well.