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ˈdaʊ ridow·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dowry, dowery, dower, portionnoun

    money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage


  1. dowrynoun

    Property or payment given by one spouse or his/her family to the other spouse or her/his family at time of marriage. (In some cultures, the dowry is given from wife to husband, in others vice versa.)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dowrynoun

    a gift; endowment

    Etymology: [Contr. from dowery; cf. LL. dotarium. See Dower.]

  2. Dowrynoun

    the money, goods, or estate, which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; a bride's portion on her marriage. See Note under Dower

    Etymology: [Contr. from dowery; cf. LL. dotarium. See Dower.]

  3. Dowrynoun

    a gift or presents for the bride, on espousal. See Dower

    Etymology: [Contr. from dowery; cf. LL. dotarium. See Dower.]


  1. Dowry

    A dowry is the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to a marriage. Dowry contrasts with bride price, which is paid by the groom or his family to the bride's parents, and with dower, which is property given to the bride herself by the groom at the time of marriage. The same culture may simultaneously practice both dowry and bride price. Dowry is an ancient custom, and its existence may well predate records of it. Dowries continue to be expected in some parts of the world, mainly India. There are several possible functions for a dowry system. One function of a dowry may be to provide the husband with "seed money" or property for the establishment of a new household and to help feed and protect the family. Another may be to provide the wife and children with some support if he were to die. Another function of the dowry may be as compensation for bride price. This may be the case in cultures where the dowry and bride price are both customary. Many authors believe that the giving and receiving of dowry reflects social status and even the effort to climb higher in a social hierarchy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dowry

    dow′ri, n. the property which a woman brings to her husband at marriage—sometimes used for dower. [See Dower.]

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  1. rowdy, wordy

  2. Rowdy

  3. Wordy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dowry in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dowry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of dowry in a Sentence

  1. Pete Snyder:

    I am a world certified BBQ judge, i married a girl from Memphis, Tenn., and the BBQ came as a dowry. We actually have a BBQ smoker—Pete’s Pig Rig.

  2. Joshua Kaputah:

    Some families are hungry and the prospect of receiving two or three cows as dowry is quite tempting.

  3. Vibhuti Patel:

    They would see a daughter as a liability. A daughter means you have to spend. Sons are called blank checks, (In-laws) know they're going to get easy money from dowry.

  4. Vijith Nair:

    If you are a girl who has a good education, and you're from a good family, it doesn't matter, if you want to get your daughter married, and you don't give dowry, you're not going to find a good, educated man. That's the system in Kerala.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Perhaps true equality will be to abolish the idea of dowry between lovers.

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    being essentially equal to something
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