• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dowerless lacking a dowry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dowerless Destitute of dower; having no marriage portion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dowerless Destitute of dower; having no portion or fortune.
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In literature:

Sweetheart, if this won't find a husband for a dowerless maiden, I'm a donkey.
"Letters of Two Brides" by Honore de Balzac
Dolokhov was a suitable and in some respects a brilliant match for the dowerless, orphan girl.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
We do not even know her real name, for the name Becfola, "Dowerless" or "Small-dowered," was given to her as a nickname.
"Irish Fairy Tales" by James Stephens
Lord Hastings is a mighty peer, and he will not wed the dowerless and worse than nameless girl!
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
BRAC'IDAS AND AM'IDAS, the two sons of Mile'sio, the former in love with the wealthy Philtra, and the latter with the dowerless Lucy.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
However, she will not come to you a dowerless bride.
"The Cornet of Horse" by G. A. Henty
But if you insist, and are prepared to take her as she is, dowerless, uncultured, with only her natural gifts, she is yours.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
The Florentine nobleman who is disposed to marry a dowerless American is yet to be heard from.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
His father's objection to Miss Baker was solely because of her dowerless condition.
"Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I (of II)" by Edmund Downey Charles James Lever
One of these was the duty incumbent on a dowerless young lady to marry well.
"That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 1(of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope