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Definition of Dowry

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dowery, money or estate that a woman brings to her groom; bride-price; natural gift, endowment
Dowry Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
A gift; endowment.
  
(n.)
A gift or presents for the bride, on espousal. See Dower.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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dowry
\dow"ry\ (?), n.; pl. dowries (#). [contr. from dowery; cf. ll. dotarium. see dower.]
1. a gift; endowment. [obs.]
2. 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. dryden.
3. 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. xxxiv. 12.

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The property which a wife brings to her husband in marriage.
Anagram
rowdy wordy
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
(synonym) dowery, dower
(hypernym) gift
Dowry Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream that you fail to receive a dowry, signifies penury and a cold world to depend on for a living. If you receive it, your expectations for the day will be fulfilled. The opposite may be expected if the dream is superinduced by the previous action of the waking mind.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
The Knighthood, Chivalry & Tournaments Arms and Armour Glossary
Marriage prize brought by the bride or groom as a condition of their marriage, often consisting of lands, titles, or cash payments.
Dowry Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A dowry, or marriage portion, is a process whereby parental property is distributed to a daughter at her marriage (i.e. inter vivos) rather than at the holder's death (mortis causa). A dowry establishes some variety of conjugal fund, the nature of which may vary widely. This fund ensures her support (or endowment) in widowhood and eventually goes to provide for her sons and daughters.

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Dowry Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
DOWRESS - A woman entitled to dower.

In order to entitle a woman to the rights of a dowress at common law, she must have been lawfully married, her husband must be dead, he must have been seised during the coverture of an estate subject to dower. Although the marriage may be voidable, if it is not absolutely void at his death, it is sufficient to support the rights of the dowress. The husband and wife must have been of sufficient age to consent.

At common law an alien could not be endowed, but this rule has been changed in several states.

The dowress' right may be defeated when her husband was not of right seised of an estate of inheritance; e.g., dower will be defeated upon the restoration of the seisin under the prior title in the case of defeasible estates, as in case of reentry for a condition broken, which abolishes the intermediate seisin.

DOWRY - Formerly applied to mean that which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; this is now called a portion. This word is sometimes confounded with dower.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Dowry Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
(mohar; i.e., price paid for a wife, Gen. 34:12; Ex. 22:17; 1 Sam. 18:25), a nuptial present; some gift, as a sum of money, which the bridegroom offers to the father of his bride as a satisfaction before he can receive her. Jacob had no dowry to give for his wife, but he gave his services (Gen. 29:18; 30:20; 34:12).
Smith's Bible Dictionary

See: Marriage
  
Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith. About
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
dowry; endowed
  
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (1869) , by Roswell D. Hitchcock. About