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 ?
He did not know at all how much he had, what his debts amounted to, or what dowry he could give Vera.
To the first condition," I answered, "I agree with all my heart, and I will give you an ample dowry.
Almost in the cradle are we apportioned with heavy words and worths: "good" and "evil"--so calleth itself this dowry.
She had gone to Ergushovo, the estate that had been her dowry, and the one where in spring the forest had been sold.
And yet, if the truth must be told, this wretch, who had stolen what was the boast of man, and the dowry of a woman, did not consider himself as a thief.
Father Snail could not speak, he was too much affected; and so they gave them as a dowry and inheritance, the whole forest of burdocks, and said--what they had always said--that it was the best in the world; and if they lived honestly and decently, and increased and multiplied, they and their children would once in the course of time come to the manor-house, be boiled black, and laid on silver dishes.
His marriage would supply him with the funds needed for repaying the money, and the profits of his business would provide, in course of time, for restoring the dowry of his wife.
Oh," said Newman, "her talent is in itself a dowry.
Now you must set to work at your linen for your dowry, for nothing must be lacking if you are to become the wife of our neighbour, the mole
The two elder sisters had agreed that all was to be sacrificed by them, if need be, for Aglaya's sake; her dowry was to be colossal and unprecedented.
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 had two hundred thousand francs placed in the hands of Morrel & Son; these two hundred thousand francs were the dowry of my daughter, who was to be married in a fortnight, and these two hundred thousand francs were payable, half on the 15th of this month, and the other half on the 15th of next month.