noun, plural dow·ries.
- downy mildew,
- downy woodpecker,
- dowsing rod,
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Abigail Pesta|May 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If he really cares for Cornelia, he will be moderate in his demands for the dowry.A Friend of Caesar|William Stearns Davis
The American is insulted if mention of dowry is made in his wedding arrangements.The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 4|Various
If either of the parents were dead, the dowry was given to the nearest relative.
If the maid's father will not give her to him, he shall give money according to the dowry, which virgins are wont to receive.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The husband succeeded to his wife's dowry, failing children or other near descendants.The Two First Centuries of Florentine History|Pasquale Villari
noun plural -ries
Word Origin 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.