dowry


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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.
References in classic literature ?
That lost parchment once restored, the beautiful Alice Pyncheon, with the rich dowry which he could then bestow, might wed an English duke or a German reigning-prince, instead of some New England clergyman or lawyer
Vanstone confidently looked forward really occurred -- if Frank's probationary year proved his claim to the most precious trust that could be placed in his hands -- then Magdalen herself should reward him with all that a woman can bestow; and the future, which his present employers had placed before him as the result of a five years' residence in China, should be realized in one year's time, by the dowry of his young wife.
He had not quite six thousand a year, and though he practiced the utmost economy in order to keep up the most expensive habits, he could not afford to give his daughter a dowry.
When the two sisters married, on the same day, they received their portion from their brother, not as a thing rightfully belonging to them, but as a dowry for which they thanked him.
To the first condition," I answered, "I agree with all my heart, and I will give you an ample dowry.
So he took heart of grace, and made Martin a Duke, and gave his daughter a rich dowry, and prepared the grandest wedding-feast that had ever been seen, so that to this day the old people in the country still talk of it.
The servant had further informed him that he was now going to the Indies with the appointment of Judge of the Supreme Court of Mexico; and he had learned, likewise, that the young lady was his daughter, whose mother had died in giving birth to her, and that he was very rich in consequence of the dowry left to him with the daughter.
I was induced to marry her about three years ago, although she had but very little dowry, because Monsieur Laporte, the queen's cloak bearer, is her godfather, and befriends her.
The dowry of his wife amounted to fifty thousand crowns, and he had, besides, the prospect of seeing her fortune increased to half a million at her father's death.
When, however, we both grew up, they sent Ctimene to Same and received a splendid dowry for her.
At the wedding Bwikov, actuated by his friendship for Anna, conferred upon the young bride a dowry of five thousand roubles; but whither that money had since disappeared I cannot say.
Well, one result is to deprive the daughter of a dowry, and so leave her among the unwedded.