[ bou-uh-ree ]
/ ˈbaʊ ə ri /


containing bowers; leafy; shady: a bowery maze.

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. 2020

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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
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Cultural definitions for bowery


A section of lower Manhattan in New York City.

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