- The definition of a dowry is the property and wealth a woman brings to a marriage in some cultures or in historic times, or a natural talent or gift.
- An example of a dowry is a flock of sheep and a bag of gold coins that a woman's parents give to her husband when they are married.
- An example of a dowry is a toddler being able to play the piano.
- the property that a woman brings to her husband at marriage: now chiefly historical or metaphorical
- a natural talent, gift, or endowment
- Archaic a widow's dower
- Archaic a gift by a man to his bride
Origin: Middle English douerie ; from Anglo-French and amp; Old French douarie: see dower
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noun pl. dow·ries
- Money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage. Also called dower.
- A sum of money required of a postulant at a convent.
- A natural endowment or gift; a talent.
- Archaic See dower.
Origin: Middle English douerie, from Anglo-Norman douarie, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, dōārium, dōāria, dower; see dower.
dowry - Business Definition
dowry - Cultural Definition
Money, property, or material goods that a bride's family gives to the bridegroom or his family at the time of the wedding. In many cultures, the dowry not only helps to cement the relationship between the bride's and groom's families but also serves to reinforce traditional family roles and gender roles.