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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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