Bowers

[bou-erz]
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noun

Claude Ger·nade [zher-nahd] /ʒərˈnɑd/, 1878–1958, U.S. diplomat and historian.

bower

1
[bou-er]

noun

a leafy shelter or recess; arbor.
a rustic dwelling; cottage.
a lady's boudoir in a medieval castle.

verb (used with object)

to enclose in or as in a bower; embower.

Origin of bower

1
before 900; Middle English bour, Old English būr chamber; cognate with Old Norse būr pantry, German Bauer birdcage; akin to neighbor

Related formsbow·er·like, adjective

bower

2
[bou-er]

noun Nautical.

an anchor carried at a ship's bow.

Origin of bower

2
First recorded in 1645–55; bow3 + -er1

Also called bower anchor.

bower

3
[bou-er]

noun

a person or thing that bows or bends.

Origin of bower

3
First recorded in 1590–1600; bow1 + -er1

bower

4
[boh-er]

noun Music.

a musician, as a violinist, who performs with a bow on a stringed instrument.

Origin of bower

4
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at bow2, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for bowers

bower

1

noun

a shady leafy shelter or recess, as in a wood or garden; arbour
literary a lady's bedroom or apartments, esp in a medieval castle; boudoir
literary a country cottage, esp one regarded as charming or picturesque
Derived Formsbowery, adjective

Word Origin for bower

Old English būr dwelling; related to Old Norse būr pantry, Old High German būr dwelling

bower

2

noun

nautical a vessel's bow anchor

Word Origin for bower

C18: from bow ³ + -er 1

bower

3

noun

a jack in euchre and similar card games

Word Origin for bower

C19: from German Bauer peasant, jack (in cards)

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Word Origin and History for bowers

bower

n.

Old English bur "room, hut, dwelling, chamber," from Proto-Germanic *buraz (cf. Old Norse bur "chamber," Swedish bur "cage," Old High German bur "dwelling, chamber," German Bauer "birdcage"), from *bu- "to dwell," from PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, dwell" (see be). Modern spelling developed after mid-14c. Sense of "leafy arbor" (place closed in by trees) is first attested 1520s. Hence, too, Australia's bower-bird (1847).

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