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 (bou′ə-rē, bou′rē)
A section of lower Manhattan in New York City. The street that gives the area its name was once the road to Peter Stuyvesant's bouwerij, or farm. The Bowery was once notorious for its saloons, petty criminals, and derelicts.


(Placename) the Bowery a street in New York City noted for its cheap hotels and bars, frequented by vagrants and drunks
[C17: from Dutch bouwerij, from bouwen to farm + erij -ery; see boor, Boer]


(ˈbaʊ ə ri, ˈbaʊ ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. (among the Dutch settlers of New York) a farm or country seat.
2. the Bowery, a street and area in New York City, long noted for its cheap bars and flophouses.
[1640–50, Amer.; < Dutch bouwerij farm]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bowery - a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts
Manhattan - one of the five boroughs of New York City
Adj.1.bowery - like a bower; leafy and shady; "a bowery lane"
leafy - having or covered with leaves; "leafy trees"; "leafy vegetables"
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com See ad on page 29 SCREEN EUROPE 9F45 Bouwerij 46 Amstelveen 1185 XX, Netherlands 31 20 4567800 emc@screeneurope.
He built himself a farmhouse or bouwerij in the district now known as the Bowery.
It ran originally through part of Peter Stuyvesant's farm--the Dutch bouwerij (farmstead) is from bouwer (farmer).