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  • n. Plural form of dower.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of dower.


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  • 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

  •   And such she was; her daughters had their dowers

    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • It rouses nature from her winter sleep, breaks the icy fetters of the frost that binds the streams, lifts the shroud of snow from off the landscape, woos the tender mold and bids the birth of bud and blossom; dowers the flower with perfume and clothes the earth with verdure of the spring.

    The California Birthday Book

  • Then again they that are good never bestow their daughters, led by the dowers that others may offer.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 Books 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18


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