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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.
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(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]
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(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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
The nationalities of the Bowery beamed upon the stage from all directions.
In the finale she fell into some of those grotesque attitudes which were at the time popular among the dancers in the theatres up-town, giving to the Bowery public the phantasies of the aristocratic theatre-going public, at reduced rates.
The Blue Light Drug Store is downtown, between the Bowery and First Avenue, where the distance between the two streets is the shortest.
At the same time he was Ikey's friend and customer, and often dropped in at the Blue Light Drug Store to have a bruise painted with iodine or get a cut rubber-plastered after a pleasant evening spent along the Bowery.
The Barry garden was a bowery wilderness of flowers which would have delighted Anne's heart at any time less fraught with destiny.
Again across Broadway, and so - passing from the many-coloured crowd and glittering shops - into another long main street, the Bowery. A railroad yonder, see, where two stout horses trot along, drawing a score or two of people and a great wooden ark, with ease.
Two of them, the Park and the Bowery, are large, elegant, and handsome buildings, and are, I grieve to write it, generally deserted.
The graveyard is very full and very bowery, for it is surrounded and intersected by rows of elms and willows, beneath whose shade the sleepers must lie very dreamlessly, forever crooned to by the winds and leaves over them, and quite undisturbed by the clamor of traffic just beyond.
And do you know, at the end, I slept in Bowery lodging-houses and ate scrapple in East-Side feeding-dens, and, on more than one occasion, stood in the bread-line at midnight and pondered whether or not I should faint before I fed."
A stone flung down the Bowery to kill a dog in Broadway.
"Blamed if our Bowery boys ain't cock-angels to scum like this.
David Artell says George Ray and Jordan Bowery understand and accept the reasons why they were left out of Crewe Alex's squad for the 3-0 win over Notts County on Saturday.