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dowry (plural dowries)
- Payment, such as property or money, paid by the bride's family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage.
- (less common) Payment by the groom or his family to the bride's family: bride price.
2009, Peter Uvin, Life after Violence: A People's Story of Burundi, page 125:
- The family of the groom makes sure the new couple has a house to live in and land to cultivate; they will also pay for the dowry (crucial, for without dowry the new father has no rights over his children; Trouwborst 1962: 136ff.)
- (obsolete) Dower.
- A natural gift or talent.
property or payment given at time of marriage
- To bestow a dowry upon.
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