Bower meaning

bou'ər
The definition of a bower is an area shaded by trees or other plants, a woman's private dressing room or a country cottage.

An example of bower is an arbor covered with vining flowers.

An example of bower is the room where a bride would get dressed for her wedding.

An example of bower is a small private house where a newly wedded couple would go for their honeymoon.

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A shaded, leafy recess; an arbor.
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A woman's private chamber in a medieval castle; a boudoir.
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A rustic cottage; a country retreat.
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To enclose in or as if in a bower; embower.
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An anchor carried at the bow.
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A place enclosed by overhanging boughs of trees or by vines on a trellis; arbor.
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A rustic cottage or retreat.
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A lady's boudoir.
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A hut and platform of twigs built by a male bowerbird: used only for courtship and not as a nest.
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To form into a bower; enclose with boughs, etc.
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The jack of trump (right bower) or the jack of the other suit of the same color (left bower), the highest card and next highest card, respectively, in euchre.
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The heaviest anchor of a ship, normally carried at the bow.
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A bedroom or private apartments, especially for a woman in a medieval castle.
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(literary) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat.

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A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods.
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(ornithology) A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays.
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Either of the two highest trumps in euchre.
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(nautical) A type of ship's anchor, carried at the bow.
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One who bows or bends.
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A muscle that bends a limb, especially the arm.
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(obsolete, falconry) A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.
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A surname​.
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Origin of bower

  • Middle English bour a dwelling from Old English būr bheuə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English boueer, from Old English būr, ġebūr (“freeholder of the lowest class, peasant, farmer”) and Middle Dutch bouwer (“farmer, builder, peasant”); both from Proto-Germanic *būraz (“dweller”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (“to dwell”). Cognate with German Bauer (“peasant, builder”), Dutch boer, buur, and Albanian burrë (“man, husband”). See boor, neighbor.
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  • From Old English būr, from Proto-Germanic *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer (“birdcage”), Old Norse búr (Danish bur, Swedish bur (“cage”)).
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  • From bough, compare brancher.
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  • From the bow of a ship
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