Definition of dowry in English:


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

noun (plural dowries)

  • Property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage.
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    • 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.
    marriage settlement, (marriage) portion
    archaic dot


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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