dowry

In some cultures, the bride or her family pays a certain amount of money or property to the groom when a couple is married. This payment is called a dowry.

Traditionally, a woman's family offered a dowry to potential husbands in order to make the match more attractive to the man and his family. The word dowry can actually mean "payment," but it can also refer to whatever property or savings a woman herself brings into a marriage. The Latin word dotare is the root of dowry, and it means "to endow or to portion out."

DEFINITIONS OF: dowry

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

Synonyms:
dower, dowery, portion
Type of:
gift
something acquired without compensation

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alternate spellings

dowery
dowry
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