Meaning of “dowry” in the English Dictionary

"dowry" in English

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dowrynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdaʊ.ri/ us /ˈdaʊ.ri/

Examples from literature

  • Because she had no dowry to be paid. 
  • He, impoverished as he is, looks for a splendid dowry. 
  • In order to provide a dowry for her, her father invested all his savings in shares of the Universal Bank, losing everything after its failure. 
  • Marriage was considered inexpedient unless large dowries were brought to the husband. 
  • The dowry is given to the husband, for him to enjoy as long as the marriage shall last. 

(Definition of “dowry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dowry" in American English

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dowrynoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɑʊər·i/

in some societies, an amount of money or property that a woman’s parents give to the man she marries

(Definition of “dowry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dowry" in Business English

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dowrynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdaʊri/ us plural dowries

FINANCE money or other assets in addition to the selling price that a company offers to another company it wants to buy:

The buyers added a dowry of $500 million to get the firm's board to agree to the takeover.

(Definition of “dowry” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)