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English definition of “dowry”

dowry

noun [C]     /ˈdaʊ.ri/
in some societies, an amount of money or property that a woman's parents give to the man she marriesRelating to weddingsGifts in the form of moneyPresents and gifts
(Definition of dowry noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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