Dowry

  • 1DOWRY — (Heb. נְדֻנְיָה), the property a wife brings to her husband at marriage; the Yiddish equivalent, nadn, is from the same root. The custom of nedunyah became clearly defined and institutionalized only in the talmudic period. In biblical times,… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 2dowry — index endowment Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 dowry n. Money and property brought …

    Law dictionary

  • 3dowry — dow‧ry [ˈdaʊəri ǁ ˈdaʊri] noun dowries PLURALFORM [countable] 1. FINANCE JOURNALISM money which is given by one company to a company it is trying to buy. The dowry is meant to encourage the second company to agree to the arrangement: • The… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4Dowry — Dow ry, n.; pl. {Dowries}. [Contr. from dowery; cf. LL. dotarium. See {Dower}.] 1. A gift; endowment. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. The money, goods, or estate, which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; a bride s portion on her… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5dowry — early 14c., from Anglo Fr. dowarie, O.Fr. doaire (late 13c.) dower, dowry, gift, from M.L. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, from dos (gen. dotis) marriage portion, from PIE *do ti (Cf. Skt. dadati, Gk. didonai, O.C.S. dati, Lith …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6dowry — ► NOUN (pl. dowries) ▪ property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage. ORIGIN Old French dowarie, from Latin dotare endow (see DOWER(Cf. ↑dower)) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7dowry — [dou′rē] n. pl. dowries [ME douerie < Anglo Fr & OFr douarie: see DOWER] 1. the property that a woman brings to her husband at marriage: now chiefly historical or metaphorical 2. a natural talent, gift, or endowment 3. Archaic a widow s dower… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8Dowry — A dowry (also known as trousseau or tocher or, in Latin, dos) is the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings forth to the marriage.[1][2] It contrasts with bride price, which is paid to the bride s parents, and dower, which is property… …

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  • 9dowry — /dow ree/, n., pl. dowries. 1. Also, dower. the money, goods, or estate that a wife brings to her husband at marriage. 2. Archaic. a widow s dower. 3. a natural gift, endowment, talent, etc. Also, dowery. [1250 1300; ME dowerie < AF douarie < ML&#8230; …

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  • 10dowry — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ large, substantial ▪ small VERB + DOWRY ▪ give sb, pay (sb) ▪ have …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11Dowry — This unusual name is a developed form of the Old French douarie and does refer to money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage. The surname is found in the spellings of Dowry, Dowrey and the shortened forms of Dover, Dower,&#8230; …

    Surnames reference

  • 12dowry — noun Property or payment given by a wife or her family to a husband at the time of marriage. (In some cultures, it is the husband who pays the dowry to the wife’s family.) Syn: marriage portion See Also: dower, reverse dowry …

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  • 13dowry — n. to provide a dowry for * * * [ daʊ(ə)rɪ] to provide a dowry for …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14dowry — [14] English acquired dowry via Anglo Norman dowarie from Old French douaire (source of the originally synonymous but now little used dower [14]). This in turn came from medieval Latin dōtārium, a derivative of Latin dōs ‘dowry’, which was&#8230; …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 15dowry — [[t]da͟ʊ əri[/t]] dowries N COUNT A woman s dowry is the money and goods which, in some cultures, her family gives to the man that she marries. The money from her dowry was invested in her mother s store …

    English dictionary

  • 16dowry — UK [ˈdaʊrɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms dowry : singular dowry plural dowries money and property that, in some cultures, a woman s family gives to her husband when they get married …

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