Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage.
  • noun A sum of money required of a postulant at a convent.
  • noun A natural endowment or gift; a talent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The money, goods, or estate which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; the portion given with a wife; dower. See dower and dot.
  • noun Any gift or reward in view of marriage.
  • noun That with which one is endowed; gift; endowment; possession.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A gift; endowment.
  • noun The money, goods, or estate, which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; a bride's portion on her marriage. See Note under Dower.
  • noun A gift or presents for the bride, on espousal. See Dower.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English douerie, from Anglo-Norman douarie, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, dōārium, dōāria, dower; see dower.]

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  • Holmes used this word when he was talking to Mary about Watson being a bit of a gambler.

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