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[ bou-uh-ree ]
/ ˈbaʊ ə ri /


containing bowers; leafy; shady: a bowery maze.


ghetto, favela, tenderloin

Nearby words

bowenite, bower, bowerbird, bowers, bowers, claude gernade, bowery, bowery, the, bowfin, bowgrace, bowhead, bowhunting

Origin of bowery

First recorded in 1695–1705; bower1 + -y1

Definition for bowery (2 of 2)


[ bou-uh-ree, bou-ree ]
/ ˈbaʊ ə ri, ˈbaʊ ri /

noun, plural bow·er·ies.

(among the Dutch settlers of New York) a farm or country seat.
the Bowery, a street and area in New York City, historically noted for its cheap hotels and saloons and peopled by the destitute and homeless.

Origin of bowery

1640–50, Americanism; < Dutch bouwerij farm, equivalent to bouw cultivation + -erij -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bowery


/ (ˈbaʊərɪ) /


the Bowery a street in New York City noted for its cheap hotels and bars, frequented by vagrants and drunks

Word Origin for Bowery

C17: from Dutch bouwerij, from bouwen to farm + erij -ery; see boor, Boer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bowery



"farm, plantation," from Dutch bowerij "homestead farm" (from the same source as bower); a Dutch word probably little used in America outside New York, and there soon limited to one road, The Bowery, that ran from the built-up part of the city out to the plantations in middle Manhattan, attested from 1787; the city's growth soon overran it, and it was noted by 1840 as a commercial district notorious for squalor, rowdiness, and low life.

Bowery Boy, the typical New York tough of a generation or two ago, named from the street which he chiefly affected .... He rather prided himself on his uncouthness, his ignorance, and his desperado readiness to fight, but he also loved to have attention called to his courage, his gallantry to women, his patriotic enthusiasm, and his innate tenderness of heart. A fire and a thrilling melodrama called out all his energies and emotions. [Walsh, 1892]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for bowery


A section of lower Manhattan in New York City.

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