- Also dower. the money, goods, or estate that a wife brings to her husband at marriage.
- Archaic. a widow's dower.
- a natural gift, endowment, talent, etc.
Origin of dowry
Examples from the Web for dowry
Once the dowry has been cashed, there is no financial reason to keep the wife around.
The woman is a commodity to make money—the dowry becomes a business transaction.
The full document is quoted in a new book by Avi Raz, The Bride and the Dowry, complete with the typing errors I then made.My Father's Peace Proposal
November 9, 2012
The groom has to give the bride a dowry to make the contract valid, and that dowry is for her and her alone to use as she wishes.Mohammad Was Not a Womanizer, and Other Common Misconceptions About Islam Debunked
Olga M. Davidson
September 13, 2012
Girls are seen as a burden, as the family must pay a dowry to the men they eventually marry.Models vs. Militants: Nisha Pahuja’s Film Shows Two Worlds of Indian Women
May 5, 2012
Accept them for a dowry; and allow me to claim one privilege in return.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The dowry left to me by my father was ample enough for the dowry of a nun.My Double Life
The bridegroom is nevertheless obliged to pay the dowry demanded.The Sexual Question
To the husband, the wife tenders no dowry; but the husband, to the wife.Tacitus on Germany
In 1836 he married Angele Sicardot, who brought him a dowry of ten thousand francs.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
- the money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
- (esp formerly) a gift made by a man to his bride or her parents
- Christianity a sum of money required on entering certain orders of nuns
- a natural talent or gift
- obsolete a widow's dower
Word Origin and History for dowry
early 14c., from Anglo-French dowarie, Old French doaire (late 13c.) "dower, dowry, gift," from Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dotare "to endow, portion," from dos (genitive dotis) "marriage portion," from PIE *do-ti (cf. Sanskrit dadati, Greek didonai, Old Church Slavonic dati, Lithuanian duoti, Armenian tam, all meaning "to give"), from root *do- "to give." Related to Latin donum "a giving, gift;" dare "to give" (see date (n.1)).
Money, property, or material goods that a bride's family gives to the bridegroom or his family at the time of the wedding. In many cultures, the dowry not only helps to cement the relationship between the bride's and groom's families but also serves to reinforce traditional family roles and gender roles.