Dowry Dow"ry, n.; pl. {Dowries}. [Contr. from dowery; cf. LL. dotarium. See {Dower}.] 1. A gift; endowment. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. A gift or presents for the bride, on espousal. See {Dower}. [1913 Webster]

Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give . . .; but give me the damsel to wife. --Gen. xxxiv. 12. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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