• WordNet 3.6
    • n dowry money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dowry A gift or presents for the bride, on espousal. See Dower. "Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give . . .; but give me the damsel to wife."
    • Dowry A gift; endowment.
    • Dowry 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dowry The money, goods, or estate which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; the portion given with a wife; dower. See dower and dot.
    • n dowry Any gift or reward in view of marriage.
    • n dowry That with which one is endowed; gift; endowment; possession.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dowry dow′ri the property which a woman brings to her husband at marriage—sometimes used for dower.
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  • Ovid
    “Quarrels are the dowry which married folk bring one another.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Contr. from dowery,; cf. LL. dotarium,. See Dower
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Dower.


In literature:

But depart and rule over the Spartan land, having it as thy wife's dowry, who exposing thee to numberless evils always was bringing thee to this.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
The District of Columbia, with its Fatal Dowry, was not yet acquired.
"American Eloquence, Volume II. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
I appeared to be of no importance or interest, in spite of my name, my dowry, and my eyes.
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy
I want the same as dowry for my marriage.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
They held it till 1661, when it was ceded to England as a part of the dowry of the Infanta Catharine, who became queen of Charles II.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
Who is to hinder my carrying your lass off, without 'with your leave' or 'by your leave,' dowry or none?
"Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
But I understand that Lentulus, her uncle, is badly in debt, and her dowry won't be much.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
Doubtless a large dowry would be demanded by way of compensation; and, before all, caste must be restored.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
Tell us how much your dowry amounts to.
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Of dowry she had none.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie

In poetry:

I think some spiteful fairy
My natal day did grace
And leave me for a dowry
A sympathetic face.
"The Misanthrope" by Cicely Fox Smith
I’d bring you these for dowry
A field from heather free,
White sheep upon the mountain,
And calves that follow me.
"Achill Girl's Song" by Padraic Colum
No more! no more! I cannot bear this pain;
Shut the foul annals of my race;
Accursed the hand that opens them again,
My dowry of disgrace.
"The House" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
(Another man’s voice
Are they not the good men of Eirinn,
Who give not their thought nor their voice
To fortune, but take without dowry
The maids of their choice?
"Girls Spinning" by Padraic Colum
Sleep, sweetest dowry! gift divine
To thirsting souls, to hearts that pine,
To world-o'erwearied eyes that weep;
To these He brings a blest release,
Prepares a bed of endless peace,
And "giveth His beloved sleep!"
"Hymn In our unreason and unrest" by John Bowring
A poor-souled lad! my good Vicenzo--ah! but no matter; thou knowest
him, Luca, my Lord Lorenzo's page. There!--is he poor, or mean, or
plain, or dull? He claims no dowry, he--but I have my pride, as well
as the great ones.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Tycoon offers a huge dowry for his gay daughter.
Hong Kong tycoon offers $65M dowry to the man who can woo his gay daughter.
Brides lured from India under false pretenses face abuse and dowry fraud.
"The normal approach in any healthy society is to help young married couples get started in life through marital gifts, dowries , and the like," Allan Carlson of the socially-conservative Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society said.
What's in the Dowry .
In fast-growing countries, many young men are unable to find employment or pay dowries.
Unfortunately, thanks to Britain's cruel, patriarchal inheritance laws, they've been booted from their ancestral estate and, what's worse, left without dowries sufficient to attract good and handsome husbands.
If kisses were riches, Annabel surely would have her dowry.