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.
Origin of dowry
- Middle English douerie from Anglo-Norman douarie from Medieval Latin dōtārium, dōārium, dōāria dower dower
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition