Definition of dowry in English:

dowry

Syllabification: dow·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈdou(ə)rē
 
/

noun (plural dowries)

Property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage.
More example sentences
  • The bride brings a dowry to the marriage usually consisting of household goods and her own clothing.
  • Middle-class families needed capital and credit, and marriage had considerable importance in bringing in funds through dowries and marriage settlements, and giving access to credit networks.
  • In the past, marriages were arranged and women brought a dowry to the marriage.
Synonyms
marriage settlement, (marriage) portion
archaic dot

Origin

Middle English (denoting a widow's life interest in her husband's estate): from Anglo-Norman French dowarie, from medieval Latin dotarium (see dower).

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