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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dowry  \Dow"ry\,  n.;  pl  {Dowries}.  [Contr.  from  dowery;  cf  LL 
  dotarium  See  {Dower}.] 
  1.  A  gift;  endowment.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  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}.  --Shak.  Dryden. 
 
  3.  A  gift  or  presents  for  the  bride,  on  espousal.  See 
  {Dower}. 
 
  Ask  me  never  so  much  dowry  and  gift,  and  I  will  give 
  .  .  .;  but  give  me  the  damsel  to  wife.  --Gen.  xxxiv 
  12. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dowry 
  n  :  money  or  property  brought  by  a  woman  to  her  husband  at 
  marriage  [syn:  {dowery},  {dower}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dowry 
  (mohar;  i.e.,  price  paid  for  a  wife,  Gen.  34:12;  Ex  22:17;  1 
  Sam.  18:25),  a  nuptial  present;  some  gift,  as  a  sum  of  money, 
  which  the  bridegroom  offers  to  the  father  of  his  bride  as  a 
  satisfaction  before  he  can  receive  her  Jacob  had  no  dowry  to 
  give  for  his  wife,  but  he  gave  his  services  (Gen.  29:18;  30:20; 
  34:12). 
 




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