Definitions

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  • noun Plural form of dower.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of dower.

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Examples

  • In New Bedford, fathers, they say, give whales for dowers to their daughters, and portion off their nieces with a few porpoises a-piece.

    Notable & Quotable

  • If one [667] die, the other party shall not marry till six months after; and because many families are compelled to live niggardly, exhaust and undone by great dowers, [668] none shall be given at all, or very little, and that by supervisors rated, they that are foul shall have a greater portion; if fair, none at all, or very little:

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  •   And such she was; her daughters had their dowers

    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

  • And then John Caldigate bethought himself with some pride that he could make a proper settlement on his wife without burdening the estate at Folking with any dowers.

    John Caldigate

  • In New Bedford, fathers, they say, give whales for dowers to their daughters, and portion off their nieces with a few porpoises a-piece.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • None were as pretty as Stara-but they all had dowers, which she did not.

    The Lark And The Wren

  • The lower jaw raises and dowers to show how the great slashing saber teeth passed neatly outside the bone.

    The Metrognome and other Stories

  • The lower jaw raises and dowers to show how the great slashing saber teeth passed neatly outside the bone.

    The Metrognome and Other Stories

  • Hearing of their distress, as if he'd not spent enough upon their marriage dowers, Alexander gave out that he'd settle up for them.

    The Persian Boy

  • He'd given all those marriage dowers; he'd paid their debts; he'd held a parade of honor, with hosts of gifts and prizes for bravery and good service.

    The Persian Boy

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