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Definition in some societies, money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage

or less formally: money or property a bride brings to a marriage

More rarely, in some societies, a dowry may be given by a husband to his new wife. It can also refer to money paid upon entry to a monastic order.
  • She was given her inheritance in the form of a dowry.
dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • Dowries are common in that culture.
  • dowries = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • If I were to marry again tomorrow, I wouldn't give up one friend. I'd take them all with me as a sort of dowry and tell my new husband that he was getting a rich wife.
    Merle Shain
  • The woman retains ownership of her dowry—but the husband has all the rights to its use.
    Time Magazine, 1977  --  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,918581,00.html (retrieved 09/02/09)
  • In India, a dowry death is the killing of a wife by a husband or his family for bringing insufficient dowry.
  • Proffers his only daughter to your Grace
    In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry.
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • Miss Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much attention at the Westbury House festivities, is an only child, and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to considerably over the six figures, with expectancies for the future.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • When Catherine of Braganza, the Infanta of Portugal, arrived in England in 1662 to marry Charles II, she brought with her the largest dowry ever.
    John Berendt  --  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • I listened to him with my nose held high, sniffing the stink of his words when he told me my father would not likely give the dowry he required.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • The four trunks were part of Grandma's dowry.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • He was, moreover, not disinclined to marry, but only such a lady who could bring with her a dowry of two hundred thousand roubles.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Nose
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • She had no dowry, no expectations, no way of being known, understood, loved, married by any rich and distinguished man; so she let herself be married to a little clerk of the Ministry of Public Instruction.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • There was the vital matter of two dowries.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • dowries = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • Rex hoped to have the whole of Julia's dowry in his hands, to make it work for him.
    Evelyn Waugh  --  Brideshead Revisited
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • The trustees will sell that and use the money for her dowry.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • He and Maria lived in a small garage apartment furnished with a few grand pieces from her dowry mixed with flea-market tables and chairs.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • dowry = property a bride brings to a marriage
  • The sister also had a dowry of thirty thousand rupees, and both Lalla and Vere were short of money at the time, for both enjoyed expensive drinking sessions.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • I was induced to marry her about three years ago, although she had but very little dowry, because Monsieur Laporte, the queen's cloak bearer, is her godfather, and befriends her.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • When the two sisters married, on the same day, they received their portion from their brother, not as a thing rightfully belonging to them, but as a dowry for which they thanked him.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
  • No dowry?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage

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