Dowry meaning

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Money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage.
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A natural endowment or gift; a talent.
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Payment, as property or money, of a bride’s inheritance by her family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage.
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To bestow a dowry upon.
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A sum of money required of a postulant at a convent.
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The property that a woman brings to her husband at marriage.
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A natural talent, gift, or endowment.
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(archaic) A widow's dower.
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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.

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(archaic) A gift by a man to his bride.
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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

  • From Middle English dowerie, from Anglo-Norman dowarie, douarie, from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs, dōtis.

    From Wiktionary