[ bou-uh-ree ]

  1. containing bowers; leafy; shady: a bowery maze.

Origin of bowery

First recorded in 1695–1705; bower1 + -y1

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Other definitions for bowery (2 of 2)

[ bou-uh-ree, bou-ree ]

noun,plural bow·er·ies.
  1. (among the Dutch settlers of New York) a farm or country seat.

  2. the Bowery, a street and area in New York City, historically noted for its cheap hotels and saloons, and populated by people who were destitute and homeless.

Origin of bowery

An Americanism dating back to 1640–50; from Dutch bouwerij “farm,” equivalent to bouw “cultivation” + -erij -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bowery in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Bowery


/ (ˈbaʊərɪ) /

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

Origin of 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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