dowry

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From Middle English dowerie, from Anglo-Norman dowarie, douarie, from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs, dōtis.

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dowry (plural dowries)

  1. Payment, as property or money, of a bride’s inheritance by her family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage.[1]

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dowry (third-person singular simple present dowries, present participle dowrying, simple past and past participle dowried)

  1. To bestow a dowry upon.
    • 1999, Judith Everard, ‎Michael C. E. Jones, Charters Duchess Constance Br, Page xvi
    • 2013 Noreen Giffney, ‎Margrit Shildrick, Theory on the Edge: Irish Studies and the Politics of Sexual Difference, Page 62
    • 1911, Aida Rodman De Milt, Ways and Days Out of London, Page 108
    • 1976, Graham Anderson, Studies in Lucian's Comic Fiction, Page 19

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  1. ^ Gary Ferraro & Susan Andreatta, Cultural Anthropology, 8th edn. (Belmont, Cal: Wadsworth, 2010), 223.

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