dowry definition

  • noun:
    • cash or home brought by a bride to the woman spouse at relationship. Also known as dower.
    • A sum of money needed of a postulant at a convent.
    • a normal endowment or present; a talent.
    • Archaic See dower.
    • Property or payment given by one spouse or his/her family to the other spouse or her/his family at time of marriage. (In some cultures, the dowry is given from wife to husband, in others vice versa.)
    • A gift; endowment.
    • the funds, products, or estate, which a female brings to the woman spouse in marriage; a bride's portion on the relationship. See Note under Dower.
    • a present or presents for the bride, on espousal. See Dower.
    • the amount of money, items, or estate which a lady brings to the woman spouse in marriage; the portion provided with a wife; dower. See dower and dot.
    • Any present or reward because of marriage.
    • That with what type is endowed; gift; endowment; possession.
    • cash or home brought by a female to the woman spouse at wedding

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