dowry

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdaʊəri/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdaʊri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(dourē)

Inflections of 'dowry' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": dowries

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dow•ry /ˈdaʊri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ries. 
  1. the money, goods, etc., that a wife brings to her husband at marriage.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dow•ry  (dourē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. Also,  dower. the money, goods, or estate that a wife brings to her husband at marriage.
  2. [Archaic.]a widow's dower.
  3. a natural gift, endowment, talent, etc.
Also,  dowery. 
  • Medieval Latin dōtārium. See dot2, -ary
  • Anglo-French douarie
  • Middle English dowerie 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dowry /ˈdaʊərɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. the money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
  2. a natural talent or gift
Etymology: 14th Century: from Anglo-French douarie, from Medieval Latin dōtārium; see dower
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