Dow"ry (?), n.; pl. Dowries (#). [Contr. from dowery; cf. LL. dotarium. See Dower.]


A gift; endowment.




The money, goods, or estate, which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; a bride's portion on her marriage. See Note under Dower.

Shak. Dryden.


A gift or presents for the bride, on espousal. See Dower.

Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give . . .; but give me the damsel to wife. Gen. xxxiv. 12.


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