- 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 of dowryMiddle English douerie ; from Anglo-French and amp; Old French douarie: see dower
- Money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage.
- A sum of money required of a postulant at a convent.
- A natural endowment or gift; a talent.
- Archaic See dower.
Origin of dowryMiddle English douerie, from Anglo-Norman douarie, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, dōārium, dōāria, dower; see dower.
(third-person singular simple present dowries, present participle dowrying, simple past and past participle dowried)
- To bestow a dowry upon.