Part of speech: noun

The property a wife brings to her husband in marriage; an endowment or gift.

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Usage examples "dowry":

  1. The dowry of Princess Joan was to include a table of gold twelve feet long, twenty- four gold cups and as many plates, and some other trifles. - "In the Days of the Guild", Louise Lamprey.
  2. Thus the Brahman's son receiving in due time the princess and her dowry, took leave of the king and returned to his own village. - "Vikram-and-the-Vampire-Classic-Hindu-Tales-of-Adventure-Magic-and-Romance", Burton, Isabel, Lady.
  3. She had brought her dowry of beauty and " land," that most coveted of possessions, and had pledged obedience, for which she was to be cherished, honored, and protected, and to bear the name of her lord. - "A Short History of France", Mary Platt Parmele.