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

Definition of dowry in English:

noun (plural dowries)

Property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage.
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.
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).

Words that rhyme with dowry

floury, flowery, loury, showery, towery
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